Five Nuclear Powers Say Nuclear War Uwinnable

China, Russia, Britain, the U.S. and France have agreed that a further spread of nuclear arms should be avoided.

 

The author of the joint statement by the five nuclear powers published by the Kremlin on Monday said that the five countries – which are the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – consider it their primary responsibility to avoid war between the nuclear states and to reduce strategic risks, while aiming to work with all countries to create an atmosphere of security.

We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought, the English-language version of the statement read.

As nuclear use would have far-reaching consequences, we also affirm that nuclear weapons — for as long as they continue to exist — should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war, it added.

Communist China's Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said the joint statement could help increase mutual trust and “replace competition among major powers with coordination and cooperation,” adding that China has a “no first use” policy on nuclear weapons, state news agency Xinhua reported.

France also released the statement, underscoring that the five powers reiterated their determination for nuclear arms control and disarmament. They would continue bilateral and multilateral approaches to nuclear arms control, it said.

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