Risk of unintentional nuclear war due to accidents


Possibilities for accidents in nuclear weaponry and control systems are several. Technical failure or malfunctioning may detonate or launch nuclear weapons, or may also lead to false alarms. Nuclear weaponry accidents and threatening movements may also be caused by unauthorized action, human error, human over-reaction, stress or temporary insanity, and may be misinterpreted by an adversary nuclear power which could immediately retaliate, either proportionately or disproportionately. Risks are particularly serious in countries which have a newly acquired nuclear capability but are not yet able or willing to purchase or develop sophisticated safeguard systems.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST