UK parliament warns about a nuclear war

UK parliament has warned that the threat of nuclear war is much greater than ever.

Iran Press/Europe: A British parliamentary survey has specifically claimed that the breakdown of diplomatic collaboration between countries and the development of new technologies significantly add to the risk of a nuclear strike.

The UK House of Lords’ International Relations Committee has warned in a report that the threat of a nuclear war is now not as distant as it may seem, Sputnik news agency reported.

Commenting on the document, the Committee’s Chairman 'Lord Howell of Guildford' cautioned that people are currently dangerously close to a world without arms control agreements which he claimed paves the way for a new arms race and for increased risk of nuclear weapons use.

"Disintegrating relationships between nuclear possessor states, new capabilities, and technologies, mixed with a lack of communication and understanding, mean that the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater now than it has been since the Cold War", Howell underscored.

He urged the UK government to take MPs’ serious concerns into consideration, also calling for an increase in dialogue and transparency between the nuclear weapon states to show a demonstrable commitment to disarmament.

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The report comes several months after the US and Russia pulled out of a keynote Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty.

In February, US President Donald Trump announced Washington's withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, pointing to Russia's 9M729 cruise missile, which the US claims violate the limitations set out in the INF Treaty.

Russia has repeatedly denied these allegations, stressing that a US missile shield deployed in Europe can be repurposed for offensive means and therefore runs counter to the INF. Moscow responded to Trump's move by suspending its own participation in the treaty. 102

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