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Doomsday Clock is still at two minutes to midnight


The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which informs the public about risks from nuclear weapons, climate change and disruptive technologies, today maintained its “Doomsday Clock” at 2 Minutes to Midnight. In their view, as regards nuclear weapons, the abatement of the North Korean crisis is balanced by dangerous posturing and the undermining of arms control measures by the nuclear-armed states.



In her speech at the Bulletin's press conference Sharon Squassoni of George Washington University acknowledged the importance of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and said that the nuclear-armed states will “ignore it at their peril”. Also today, St. Lucia became the 20th state to ratify the TPNW. 70 states have already signed the Treaty, the first step in acceding to it.

Janet Fenton, Vice-Chair of Scottish CND and ICAN Liaison in Scotland said:

This evidence-led and meticulously researched warning comes from scientists the world over. Elimination through the prohibition advocated by the new UN Treaty On The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, is the only rational answer. Scotland has made its position clear; since 1982 from the Peace Camp, through devolution and a Scottish Parliament that votes for nuclear disarmament to the First Minister’s clear message to the Nobel Peace prize ceremony when ICAN won it for it work on that treaty, “No ifs and no buts ...We say no to nuclear weapons on the River Clyde or anywhere else.” The UK could learn and choose a safer way.”

Campaigners against nuclear weapons recognise the underlying risk that has existed consistently since the the 1950s (particularly the danger of accidental triggering). The risks are now enhanced by the irresponsible and erratic behaviour by leaders of the nuclear-armed states, by the compliance of other nuclear-endorsing countries, by the increased fragility of arms control measures, and by the threat of increased conflict provoked by climate breakdown.