20 March 2017

News Story: Former U.S. defense chief urges int'l efforts to improve nuclear security

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
William Perry (Image: Wiki Commons)
by Xinhua writers Zhu Dongyang, Luo Jun

BEIJING, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry said here Saturday that concerted efforts of the international society are in dire need to save the world from an escalating possibility of "nuclear extinction."

Perry made the remarks in an interview with Xinhua after attending a seminar on the newly-released Chinese edition of his book "My Journey at the Nuclear Brink."

"Today the likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War," said Perry, noting the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in January moved the symbolic "doomsday clock" to its closest time to midnight in 64 years.

"People all over the world, regardless of their nationality, should be interested in working to give future generation a chance to live their lives without fear of nuclear extinction," he said.

Read the full story at Xinhua