World edging closer to nuclear catastrophe, scientists warn

World edging closer to nuclear catastrophe, scientists warn

By Luke Vargas   
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Courtesy: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Courtesy: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Nuclear scientists says increased tensions in the South China Sea and little appetite for arms control between the U.S. and Russia have created "obvious and imminent" danger.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' 1953 assessment of nuclear risk, the last time the world was "Two Minutes to Midnight."
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ 1953 assessment of nuclear risk, the last time the world was “Two Minutes to Midnight.”

The world is now ‘two minutes to midnight,’ as close as it’s been to the outbreak of nuclear war since the late 1950’s, according to an assessment released Thursday by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

In a new report, the Bulletin’s board said 2017 saw a worsening security environment in the South China Sea, a continuing nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan, and little appetite for arms control between the U.S. and Russia.

Adding to the danger, the Bulletin said that, under President Trump, “neither allies nor adversaries have been able to reliably predict US actions—or understand when US pronouncements are real, and when they are mere rhetoric.”

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