Experts Say

Diplomacy might decelerate Doomsday Clock


January 31, 2018
By William Lambers

It‘s getting closer to midnight and the horrific possibility of nuclear war. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists just moved the Doomsday Clock forward to two minutes before the dreaded witching hour. The North Korean nuclear standoff and the lack of global progress toward disarmament has increased the alarm. President Trump has not helped with his reckless tweets and threats to “totally destroy” North Korea. Beatrice Fihn of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) warns, “The actions and policies of the nuclear-armed states are winding the Doomsday Clock towards midnight. We have been lucky to avoid conflict through intentional or accidental means, but recent posturing and the false alarms in Hawaii and Japan show our luck is about to run out if we don’t move quickly.”
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