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Nuclear-War Risk Minimized in Rare Statement by Weapon States

  • China, Russia and U.S. say they’re taking steps to prevent war
  • Declarations follow latest delay for key arms-control meeting
The International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

The International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

Photographer: Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images 

The world’s leading nuclear-weapons states -- China, France, Russia, the U.S. and U.K. -- banded together on Monday to issue a rare joint statement pledging to dial down the risk that an unwinnable nuclear war might ever break out. 

“We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” they said in the statement. “We intend to continue seeking bilateral and multilateral diplomatic approaches to avoid military confrontations, strengthen stability and predictability, increase mutual understanding and confidence and prevent an arms race that would benefit none and endanger all.”