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U.S., Britain, China, France, Russia vow to prevent nuclear war

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The nuclear-armed nations of the United States, Britain, China, France and Russia have agreed to avoid nuclear war and to prevent the proliferation of such weapons and an arms race.

The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council issued the rare joint statement Monday, stating they affirm that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”

The statement states the countries affirm that nuclear weapons should be defensive and a deterrent against aggression and war, and that the super powers “believe strongly” the further spread of such munitions must be prevented.

“We underline our desire to work with all states to create a security environment more conducive to progress on disarmament with the ultimate goal of a world without nuclear weapons with undiminished security for all,” they said.

“We intend to continue seeking bilateral and multilateral diplomatic approaches to avoid military confrontations, strengthen stability and predictability, increase mutual understanding and confidence and prevent an arms race that would benefit no one and endanger all.” Continue Reading

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