The world stands closer to the reality of nuclear war than at any time since the 1960s. North Korean President Kim Jong-un is determined to build the capacity to strike the United States with a nuclear weapon, and US President Donald Trump is determined to prevent that from happening.

The worst possible outcome to this nuclear brinkmanship is a nuclear war to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons – because these cannot be eliminated with conventional weapons. Such a war would create an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe, not just for the 25 million people in North Korea, but for the whole world.

Radioactive fallout would affect millions of people in South Korea and Japan and would cause cancers, even as far away as the United States. Firestorms could potentially cause worldwide climate disruption and global famine on a scale never before seen in human history.

Every nuclear weapon, no matter whose it is or where it detonates, poses a real threat to all of us, everywhere.

These weapons of mass destruction serve no useful purpose. They pose a threat to all life on earth. They must be abolished.

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