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Under a positive development, five global nuclear powers have become one voice to prevent the spread of atomic weapons and avoid nuclear conflict. The consensus adopted by UN Security Council members China, France, Russia, the UK and United States gives hope of disengagement in the proliferation of nuclear weapons that are the biggest threat to humanity. The development came after the escalation of conflict between Moscow and Washington over the Ukraine issue. Wisdom demands that instead of indulging in warmongering and hate speech, solutions need to be found in peaceful resolution of all issues and conflicts among various states. In order to ward off the threat of nuclear war by any state, diplomatic pressure can be the best solution while the use of provocative words and threats must be avoided.

It is also a fact that despite making good progress on stopping the proliferation of nuclear arms, the world is still facing a growing threat of nuclear war among hostile states as well as misuse of nuclear weapons by extremists who are trying to have access to these arsenals. North Korea’s nuclear defiance and Iran’s non-cooperative attitude as well as the US policy of maintaining its hegemony in the world are causes for concern. North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life. Second, terror groups in the Middle East, Afghanistan and even home-based militants in Pakistan are a constant threat to the security of nuclear stockpiles. Nuclear war could yield an unprecedented human death toll and habitat destruction. Detonating such a large amount of nuclear weaponry would have a long-term effect on the world’s climate that may generate significant upheaval in advanced civilisations. Nobody is oblivious to the terrible consequences of using nuclear weapons. Therefore, these weapons should never be used in any case. All states should cooperate and follow nuclear agreements in letter and spirit for the sake of humanity.

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