The United Nations has voiced its fears that the current increase in global tensions as well as the rise of heightened cyber warfare may lead the world into a nuclear disaster, the organization warned this in a recently released report.
A recent comprehensive report written by The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) has painted quite the pessimistic picture regarding the ongoing threats that the current world is facing.
“The lack of nuclear weapons use since Hiroshima and Nagasaki cannot on its own be interpreted as evidence that the likelihood of a detonation event is minimal,” warned the report.
“While detonations have not occurred in such circumstances, the Cold War was replete with incidences of near-misses, false alarms, and accidents in and around nuclear weapons, even when we draw only from the limited information made available by nuclear-armed States.”
The threat was increased by growing automation in control and command weapon systems worldwide.
“Nuclear deterrence works—up until the time it will prove not to work,” the report goes on to mention.
“The risk is inherent and, when luck runs out, the results will be catastrophic.”
Reliance on these automated systems has significantly increased, leading to confident in the safety of the systems being misplaced, added the report.
“The substantial levels of investment in nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons systems and their modernization have enhanced rather than decreased the likelihood of an intentional or inadvertent detonation event,” it read.
Nations all over the world are encouraged to reveal information regarding their already existing stockpiles of nuclear material in order to prevent any sort of misidentification as well as avoid risking a potential retaliatory attack.
They are being advised also to abandon any plans of developing new nuclear systems for delivery and proceed to work towards easing tension throughout the ‘international security landscape’.