Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of Ican and a winner of one of this year’s Nobel Peace Prizes, warned Sunday that a “moment of panic” could lead to nuclear war and mass destruction amid heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea.
“We have a choice: the end of nuclear weapons, or the end of us,” Fihn said during her acceptance speech.
“The deaths of millions may be one tiny tantrum away,” she added, according to the BBC.
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Fihn said such a “moment of panic” could lead to the “destruction of cities and the deaths of millions of civilians,” adding that the risk of nuclear war is greater today than during the Cold War.
The Hill added:
Pyongyang launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile last month, ending a two-month hiatus for missile launches from the country.
The missile is said to have traveled nearly 2,800 miles high and for a distance of more than 600 miles. North Korea claimed the missile, called a Hwasong-15, is capable of reaching the entire U.S. mainland.
President Trump, who has previously threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” and labeled North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “Little Rocket Man,” announced new sanctions after the launch.