Opinion | The risk of nuclear weapons use is the highest since the Cuban Missile Crisis

Opinion | Ernest J. Moniz: The risk of a nuclear attack is back at historic levels, 75 years after Hiroshima. - @NBCNewsTHINK

8/6/2020 12:15:00 PM

Opinion | Ernest J. Moniz: The risk of a nuclear attack is back at historic levels, 75 years after Hiroshima. - NBCNewsTHINK

There have been more close calls along the way than most people realize, and new threats increase the danger of a catastrophic detonation.

If the U.S. and Russia do not extend theNew START treatyby February, it will be the first time in many decades that we do not enjoy mutual constraints on nuclear weapons and inspection rights.These threats, however, can be reduced. We can build on the successes of the past, remembering that since the peak of the Cold War in the mid-1980s, the nuclear arsenals of the United States and Russia have been

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reduced by 85 percent.We can start by getting back to basics and acknowledge that using nuclear weapons is not a rational option, as Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev did in 1985 when theydeclared jointlythat"a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought."

Nuclear weapons, like climate change and novel biological agents, pose an existential threat to our planet and our future.What if the U.S. and Russian presidents — and perhaps China with the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, the United Kingdom and France — reaffirmed that statement?

Doing so might make some important next steps easier — likeextending the remaining arms-reduction treatybetween Washington and Moscow and negotiating additional agreements, renewing dialogue to help make sure a nuclear strike does not happen by mistake and engaging countries with nuclear weapons on how to ensure that cyberattacks do not target nuclear systems.

As we mark the 75th anniversary of the bombings that ended World War II, we must call on leaders around the globe to redouble their efforts to prevent a modern-day Hiroshima. As individuals, we also have a responsibility to speak out. Nuclear weapons, like climate change and novel biological agents, pose an existential threat to our planet and our future.

Gardeners work on a flower bed near the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan, on Tuesday.Carl Court / Getty ImagesTwo years ago, I made my first visit to Hiroshima. It was an extraordinarily moving experience to walk throughHiroshima Peace Memorial Park

and see the haunting skeleton of the Genbaku Dome.I was also struck by a photo in the park's museum, taken only weeks after the blast. A small green shoot of a plant had found the sun through the rubble, elegantly capturing the resilience and persistence of Hiroshima's people, who rightfully keep us focused on avoiding future nuclear catastrophe. We must not fail them.

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