In a joint statement, the leaders of the five permanent members of the UN security council, China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US have all agreed that a nuclear war 'cannot be won and must never be fought'.
The pledge was signed by the US, Russia, China, the UK, and France, the five nuclear weapons states recognized by the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) who are also the five permanent members of the UN security council. They are known as the P5 or the N5.
"We believe strongly that the further spread of such weapons must be prevented," said permanent UN Security Council members China, France, Russia, the UK, and the United States, adding: "A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought."
"We are resolved to pursue a constructive dialogue with mutual respect and acknowledgement of each other's security interests and concerns," the joint statement said.
Such a major joint statement regarding the issue of Global security has become a rarity as the tensions between Russia, China, and the West sky-rocketed in recent months. With Moscow threatening to invade Ukraine and China signaling its readiness to use military force against Taiwan, the joint statement represents a resurrected commitment to thwart any confrontation from turning into a nuclear catastrophe.
The Russian-language version of the statement read, “We declare there could be no winners in a nuclear war, it should never be started.
“As the use of nuclear arms would have far-reaching consequences, we also confirm that nuclear arms – as long as they exist – should serve defensive aims, deterrence against aggression, and prevention of war.”
“We hope that, in the current difficult conditions of international security, the approval of such a political statement will help reduce the level of international tensions,” Moscow’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
China's Xinhua media agency quoted Foreign Minister Ma Zhauxu as saying that the joint agreement "will help increase mutual trust and replace competition among major powers with coordination and cooperation."