Letter: THE perception of threat from nuclear weapons has again been in the news over recent weeks. The continuing unsettled politics of Kashmir risks conflict between nuclear armed states. The American president is concerned about North Korea because their nuclear capability is seen as an unacceptable threat. But last month the threat of a renewed nuclear arms race was ignited with first the United States and then Russia suspending compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. We are a group of doctors, medical students and other health professionals, members in Scotland of Medact, an organisation working on how issues of politics and conflict interact with health. Our colleagues internationally were instrumental in a process which highlighted the terrifying humanitarian consequences of any nuclear conflict and resulted in the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
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