6 Minutes to Midnight

The symbolic Doomsday Clock has been moved back a minute.

“We are poised to bend the arc of history toward a world free of nuclear weapons. For the first time since atomic bombs were dropped in 1945, leaders of nuclear weapons states are cooperating to vastly reduce their arsenals and secure all nuclear bomb-making material,” the scientists said in a statement Thursday.

It’s been as close as 2 minutes (1953-1960 when the US and Soviet Union were testing thermonuclear weapons) and as far as 17 minutes (1991-1995 after the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was signed).

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