The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which measures the planet’s health and safety based on nuclear and other global threats, has moved the “Doomsday Clock” thirty seconds closer to midnight for the second year in a row, bringing the world closest to the “point of annihilation” since 1953.
The group attributes the move to rising nuclear tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, specifically “hyperbolic rhetoric and provocative actions on both sides.”
The group also notes “the decline of U.S. leadership and a related demise of diplomacy under the Trump administration” as another reason for the change.
“Neither allies nor adversaries have been able to reliably predict U.S. actions or understand when U.S. pronouncements are real, and when they are mere rhetoric,” the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said in a statement. “International diplomacy has been reduced to name-calling, giving it a surrealistic sense of unreality that makes the world security situation ever more threatening.”
“In 2017, world leaders failed to respond effectively to the looming threats of nuclear war and climate change, making the world security situation more dangerous than it was a year ago—and as dangerous as it has been since World War II,” the group continued.
The Hill added:
The group also notes the uncertainty of U.S. support for the Iran nuclear deal as a threat and the rise of “nation-state information technology and internet-based campaigns” attacking free elections.