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UN chief warns humanity ‘one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation’

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio speaks during a joint press conference with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda east of Beirut, Lebanon, December 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio speaks during a joint press conference with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda east of Beirut, Lebanon, December 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

UN head Antonio Guterres warns humanity is “just one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” with the world facing a threat “not seen since the height of the Cold War.”

“We have been extraordinarily lucky so far. But luck is not a strategy. Nor is it a shield from geopolitical tensions boiling over into nuclear conflict,” Guterres says at the start of a conference of countries belonging to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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