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China, US, UK, France and Russia pledge to avoid nuclear war
United Nations Security Council is the premier global body for maintaining international peace and security. There are five permanent member states, Russia, the US, China, France, and the UK, any of which can veto a resolution. This P5’s privileged status has its roots in the United Nations’ founding in the aftermath of World War II. They are also the five largest stockpilers of nuclear warheads, 6,255, 5,550, 350, 290, and 225 respectively. One thing for sure is that those P5 (permanent or privileged?) or Nuc-5 nations are the most responsible for world peace and security. On January 3, they jointly issued a statement about the use of nuclear weapons. It says nuclear weapons should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war. The statement came when tensions between Russia and Ukraine, including western powers, and China and the US, and its Pacific allies have reached the highest in recent few decades. However, none of them announced or decided to reduce their nuclear warheads. Deterrence and defense are their favorite excuse to arm themselves with nuclear weapons. You may also recall those five nations are the ones that fought more wars in other countries after the last world war. The announcement sounds like a New Year’s resolution, not a UN resolution.
Read the article and learn about this new year resolution by the top nuclear armorers.