The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior UN security expert Renata Dwan told sources, labeling it an “urgent” issue that the world should take more seriously.
According to sources, Renata Dwan, director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), said all states with nuclear weapons have nuclear modernisation programmes underway and the arms control landscape is changing, mainly due to strategic competition between China and the United States.
Traditional arms control arrangements are also being eroded by the emergence of new types of war, with increasing prevalence of armed groups and private sector forces and new technologies that blurred the line between offence and defence, she told reporters in Geneva.
With disarmament talks stalemated for the past two decades, 122 countries have signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, partly out of frustration and partly out of a recognition of the risks, she added.
“I think that its genuinely a call to recognize and this has been somewhat missing in the media coverage of the issues that the risks of nuclear war are particularly high now, and the risks of the use of nuclear weapons, for some of the factors I pointed out, are higher now than at any time since World War Two.” Dwan said.
Dwan said the world should not ignore the danger of nuclear weapons.
She added that it was not being adequately addressed in arms control talks or multilateral bodies such as the UN Security Council nor by bilateral arrangements between states.