“The world is at greater risk of a nuclear catastrophe that threatens the entire planet now than at any point during the Cold War because of Vladimir Putin and North Korea, an expert has warned.”
William Perry warned “localized conflicts, terrorism coupled with an accident or a miscalculation between belligerent rivals could result in an Armageddon-style atomic wipeout more devastating that Hiroshima or Nagasaki.”
The former US defense secretary also claims that most people are “blissfully unaware” of the threat posed by rogue states and unpredictable world leaders. In a lecture at Stanford University Dr. Perry said:
“Today the danger of some sort of nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.”
According to Reuters, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the U.S. and North Korea are on the verge of a large-scale conflict. Putin announced his belief that the ongoing conflict can only be solved through talks—and that it’s a U.S. responsibility to make that happen.
Putin, due to attend a summit of the BRICS nations in China next week, said the only way to de-escalate tensions was via talks, and Sergei Lavrov, his foreign minister, said Washington not Pyongyang should take the initiative on that.
“It is essential to resolve the region’s problems through direct dialogue involving all sides without advancing any preconditions (for such talks),” Putin, whose country shares a border with North Korea, wrote on the Kremlin’s web site.
“Provocations, pressure, and bellicose and offensive rhetoric is the road to nowhere.”