NY Times editorial: The finger on the nuclear button

Yesterday's New York Times editorial led with the Bulletin's 2017 Clock Statement and Doomsday Clock change to frame the challenging issues of nuclear security and stability.

From the New York Times:

Scientists who study the risk of nuclear war recently moved the hands of the symbolic Doomsday Clock to 2½ minutes before midnight — meaning they believe that the world is closer to nuclear catastrophe than it has been since 1953 after the United States and Soviet Union tested hydrogen bombs. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which created the clock in 1947, says that President Trump is the main reason for this worrisome development.

Mr. Trump came to office with little knowledge of the vast nuclear arsenal and the missiles, bombers and submarines it contains. He has spoken, alarmingly, about deploying this weaponry against terrorists and about expanding America’s nuclear capabilities. He has said he values unpredictability, meaning presumably that he wants to keep other nations on edge about whether he will use nuclear weapons. Read in full...

Read the Bulletin's Science and Security Board’s 2017 Doomsday Clock Statement.


Read the press release.
Watch the videotaped Doomsday Clock Announcement.
Read our FAQ on the Doomsday Clock.
See the multimedia presentation “A timeline of conflict, culture, and change.”

Illustration by Joan Wong; Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times