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The world is [experienced / experiencing] troubling times. We have the COVID-19 pandemic, a global cost of living [crises / crisis] , a changing climate, and [record / records] heat waves. The United Nations has warned of an increasing [dangerous / danger] - nuclear annihilation. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has [waned / warned] that one small mistake could [lead / cause] to a nuclear war. Mr Guterres warned that international tensions were "reaching new highs". He [painted / pointed] to the Ukraine War, the Korean peninsula, and the Middle East as [possibility / possible] flashpoints. He said, "we have been extraordinarily lucky [so / such] far" to have avoided nuclear conflict. He said: "Luck is not a strategy. Nor is it a shield from geopolitical tensions [cooking / boiling] over into nuclear conflict."

Guterres painted a picture of a world [closed / close] to war. He said the danger level is at its highest [for / since] the Cold War. He warned that "Humanity is just [one / once] misunderstanding, one miscalculation away [from / for] nuclear annihilation." Guterres was speaking at a conference for countries signed [up / down] to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This started in 1968. He said the conference was "a [change / chance] to strengthen" the Treaty and "make it [fit / bit] for the worrying world around us". He added: "Eliminating nuclear weapons is the only [guaranteed / guarantee] that they will never be used." He said: "Almost 13,000 nuclear weapons are now being held in [spurs / arsenals] around the world...at a time when the risks [of / to] proliferation are growing."

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