The UN Secretary-General has called for an end to the "nuclear sabre-rattling," saying that the world is at the highest point of danger.

Iran PressAmerica: Speaking at a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Monday, August 22, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also urged all nations with nuclear weapons to adhere to "no-first-use." 

The UN chief also expressed concerns about the continued shelling around Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) and said that the critical crisis at Europe's largest nuclear power plant, must be addressed with the same commitment which resulted in the recent grain agreement between Russia and Ukraine.

"Humanity's future is in our hands today. I urge all countries to recommit to a world free of nuclear weapons and to spare no effort to come to the negotiating table to ease tensions and end the nuclear arms race, once and for all," the UN chief stated, as per the Associated Press (AP).

Guterres went on to say that collective security is being put to the test more than ever across the globe. He also highlighted conflicts, invasions, military coups, protracted wars, geopolitical divides and differences between the world's superpowers, including those at the UNSC.

Located in the city of Energodar, the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant is controlled by Russian troops. In recent days, Ukrainian forces delivered strikes against the facility using unmanned aerial vehicles, heavy artillery and multiple rocket launch systems. In most cases, such attacks are repelled by air defense systems, but several shells managed to hit infrastructure facilities and the vicinity of the nuclear waste storage.

The Zaporizhzhia NPP is the largest in Europe. It consists of six power units and has a capacity of about 6,000 MW. It used to generate a quarter of all electric power in Ukraine.


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