Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Doomsday Clock Signals Concern

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Doomsday Clock Signals Concern

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On Thursday, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved its iconic Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight, the closest it's been to nuclear war since 1953, at the height of the Cold War. The Bulletin's announcement cited "hyperbolic rhetoric" that has dramatically increased the danger of nuclear war by accident or miscalculation. Experts estimate the danger of nuclear war as high as 60 percent.

South Korea recently joined in Olympic diplomacy with North Korea that builds on a tradition of Olympic truces dating back nearly 3,000 years. Already a key hotline for crisis communication has been re-opened, and North Korea will send athletes and an orchestra to the Winter Olympics scheduled to start on Feb. 9.

This is a promising opening that could de-escalate tensions and jump-start diplomatic negotiations. …

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