May 17, 2022

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Superpowers declare nuclear war ‘must never be fought,’ stress disarmament

Joint statement by five nuclear nations, including US and China, does not address North Korea denuclearization

Five nuclear states declared their intent to avoid nuclear war and reiterated their commitment to disarmament in a joint statement Monday, stressing that an arms race would “benefit none and endanger all.”

The P5 joint statement, co-signed by the U.S., China, U.K., France and Russia, comes amid growing tensions in Ukraine and the Taiwan Strait but does not specifically mention North Korea like some past statements, after a year in which Pyongyang resumed fuel processing at its nuclear reactor and made strides in advancing its missile technologies.