"US-China competition gets us closer to nuclear war"

The risk of use of nuclear weapons being is at its highest since WW2 a senior, the director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research said on Tuesday.

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Renata Dwan called this "an urgent issue that the world should take more seriously," Reuters is reporting.

She stressed that all states with nuclear weapons have nuclear modernization programs underway and the arms control landscape is changing, partly due to strategic competition between China and the United States.

According to her, traditional arms control arrangements are also being eroded by the emergence of new types of war, with increasing prevalence of armed groups and private sector forces and new technologies that blurred the line between offense and defense, she told reporters in Geneva.

With disarmament talks stalemated for the past two decades, 122 countries have signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, partly out of frustration and

"I think that it's genuinely a call to recognize – and this has been somewhat missing in the media coverage of the issues – that the risks of nuclear war are particularly high now, and the risks of the use of nuclear weapons, for some of the factors I pointed out, are higher now than at any time since World War Two," Dwan said.

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