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Fears of nuclear warfare had been believed to have peaked throughout the Cold War. A prolonged spell of eyeballing between the US and the Soviet Union led to nothing. On a couple of event, nonetheless, the alarm was sounded, every time wrongly due to miscommunication, a misjudgement and even defective know-how.

As the world settles into the twenty first century an rising variety of countries have gained possession of their very own nuclear weapons with the quantity rising every year.

No longer are simply two nations the only real carriers of such weapons of mass destruction.

Now, nations like Iran, Israel, Pakistan, India and North Korea all personal a substantial array of nuclear weapons, many having in recent times threatened to use them.

Patricia Lewis, nuclear physicist and former director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research, admitted that no nearer have we been to nuclear war than in right now’s geopolitical local weather.

Nuclear weapons: A nuclear physicist warned over the potential for all out war (Image: GETTY)

Cold War: Events like the Cuban Missile Crisis took the world to the brink of nuclear war

Cold War: Events just like the Cuban Missile Crisis took the world to the brink of nuclear war (Image: GETTY)

She instructed the BBC’s ‘Start the Week’ how the tensions within the present-day are far completely different and extra advanced than these skilled throughout the Cold War.

Asked how scared we ought to be about nuclear war, Dr Lewis stated: “Since the end of the Cold War, the big stand off between Russia and the US has somewhat diminished but the relationship now is very bad.

“We have extra nuclear weapons possessors, we now have India and Pakistan declared as possessors, Israel’s by no means declared, we now have North Korea additionally.

“We saw recently in 2018 a scare with a false message that went out, and I think it demonstrated the nervousness and likelihood of a country like North Korea taking that decision.

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US: President Joe Biden has under his control a whole arsenal of nuclear weapons

US: President Joe Biden has under his control a whole arsenal of nuclear weapons (Image: GETTY)

“Our large fear I believe is after we’re in a scenario of disaster, the place you’re doubtless to get quite a lot of info, quite a lot of it contradictory, quite a lot of misinterpretation of knowledge, that happens in each disaster, after which additionally misperceptions and miscalculations.”

In 2018, a state worker in Hawaii sent a false missile alert after being “100% positive” that the attack was real.

It took the agency he worked for nearly 40 minutes to retract the false alert on the same platforms it was sent to.

The threat sent to the agency’s headquarters later turned out to be a practice drill.

State workers said that they clearly heard the word “train” repeated several times.

Islanders were sent into panic, many believing they had minutes left to contact loved ones.

The man, in his 50s, said he was “devastated” by what had happened.

These sorts of situations, Dr Lewis said, could become more prevalent as relations become more complicated and bound in political rhetoric.

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Hiroshima: Japan was devastated by the US in WW2 after it dropped the atomic bomb on two cities (Image: GETTY)

North Korea: People in South Korea watch a broadcast of a practise missile launch across the border

North Korea: People in South Korea watch a broadcast of a practise missile launch across the border (Image: GETTY)

Dr Lewis continued: “This is our greatest worry as we go right into a extra turbulent interval of historical past the place we’re seeing an increase within the fairly tough politics between countries once more.

“The less emphasis on arms control, the less emphasis on international institutions like the UN and a rising geopolitical strains and stresses throughout the world, those countries who have nuclear weapons are going to be more and more in situations where they might worry that some situation might occur that they might have to use them.

“And then we return into a really completely different nuclear scenario to the Cold War.

“I don’t think we’ve fully understood yet what that will mean and I think we really need to think it through.”

Iran: The country holds a number of nuclear weapons

Iran: The nation holds a variety of nuclear weapons (Image: Express Newspapers)

This week, a nuclear facility in Iran was hit by “sabotage” a day after it unveiled new uranium enrichment gear, in accordance to prime officers within the nation.

While Iran has not but laid blame on a rustic or drive, Israeli public media cited intelligence sources who stated it was the results of an Israeli cyber-attack.

Israel has not commented on the incident immediately.

It is only one incidence of belligerent forces each preventing to keep a superior nuclear standing within the Middle East.

Israel: Israeli media said the Iran strike was a result of an Israeli cyber-attack

Israel: Israeli media stated the Iran strike was a results of an Israeli cyber-attack (Image: GETTY)

Further East, in North Korea, new satellite tv for pc pictures final week raised fears that the nation was persevering with to escalate its nuclear exercise at its essential testing website.

The actions had been found at Yongbyon Nuclear Science and Weapons Research Centre, round 100km from the nation’s capital, Pyongyang.

In the pictures, posted to the North Korea evaluation website 38 North, a coal-fired steam plant could be seen in operation, the placement the place it’s believed an estimated 4 dozen nuclear weapons are housed.

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