The United Nations Security Council meets at UN headquarters in New York in October. The permanent Security Council members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the US – issued a statement on Monday pledging that nuclear weapons should be used only for defensive purposes. Photo: Xinhua
The United Nations Security Council meets at UN headquarters in New York in October. The permanent Security Council members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the US – issued a statement on Monday pledging that nuclear weapons should be used only for defensive purposes. Photo: Xinhua

‘P5’ nuclear powers including China, US pledge to keep such weapons only for defence

  • Nuclear weapons ‘should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression and prevent war’, joint statement says
  • Proclamation comes amid rising tension over advances in China’s military technology and friction between Washington and Moscow

Topic |   US-China relations
The United Nations Security Council meets at UN headquarters in New York in October. The permanent Security Council members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the US – issued a statement on Monday pledging that nuclear weapons should be used only for defensive purposes. Photo: Xinhua
The United Nations Security Council meets at UN headquarters in New York in October. The permanent Security Council members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the US – issued a statement on Monday pledging that nuclear weapons should be used only for defensive purposes. Photo: Xinhua
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