World War 3 fears: Iran tensions with US soar amid ‘new type of arms race’

IRAN’S tensions with its rivals, including the US, has seen the threat of nuclear war rise – despite the number of nuclear weapons across the globe shrinking, a think tank has warned.

By Alice Scarsi

The shadow of World War 3 is increasingly extending around the globe as nuclear powers shift their focus from quantity of weapons to quality, according to researchers. Countries holding nuclear weapons are increasing their devastating power rather than gathering more warheads, think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said. A study led by SIPRI found the nine nations holding nuclear weapons held 13,865 warheads in 2018, down from 14,465 the year before. But rising tensions between Washington and Tehran and North Korea’s confrontational attitude have made risks of a nuclear conflict more likely than before, the study suggested.

Hans M. Kristensen, associate senior fellow for SIPRI, told Euronews: “There is a new type of arms race, not about the number of warheads but about technologies.

“Now they have embarked on a tactical war.

“We are no longer in the classic strategy of deterrence by the accumulation of nuclear warheads.”

Russia, the US and the UK have reduced the number of their warheads, while China, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea have increased the amount of weapons they hold by between 10 and 20 during 2018.