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Jan 04, 2022 06:58 PM
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Five World Powers Vow to Avoid Nuclear Arms Race, Prevent Proliferation

The five states are among the 191 parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, an international agreement signed in 1970. Photo: VCG
The five states are among the 191 parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, an international agreement signed in 1970. Photo: VCG

Five nuclear-armed powers issued a joint statement Monday on preventing nuclear war and avoiding an arms race, noting their solidarity amid rising tensions among global powers.

Noting the “far-reaching consequences” of their use, China, the U.S., Russia, the U.K. and France affirmed in the statement that nuclear weapons “should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war” and that “the further spread of such weapons must be prevented.”

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