UN welcomes extension of New START treaty

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(VOVWORLD) - The UN welcomes the decision by Russia and the US to extend the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in his message marking International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on Sunday.
UN welcomes extension of New START treaty - ảnh 1UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. (Photo: Reuters)

Mr. Guterres said that although the total number of nuclear weapons has been decreasing for decades, some 14,000 are stockpiled around the world, which threatens a new arm race and confronts the world with the highest level of nuclear risk in almost four decades.

He praised Russia and the US for extending the New START and engaging in dialogue, calling the decision a sign of hope.

On February 4, just two days before its expiration, the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty between the US and Russia was extended for another 5 years.