4 Times We’ve Gotten Close to Nuclear War

We're closer to nuclear war now than we've been since World War II, according to the U.N. arms research chief. But this isn't the first time we've come close to mass destruction.

This is how close we've been to nuclear war

Risks of nuclear war are higher now than they’ve been since World War II. The world has been here before. The nuclear threat has been around since the 1940s — and is still a major global issue today. August 6, 1945 Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, instantly killing at least 80,000 people. Three days later, the U.S. bombed Nagasaki, killing at least 40,000 people on impact. In the midst of the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis nearly brought about full-on nuclear war.

When the U.S. discovered that the Soviets placed nuclear missiles in Cuba, President Kennedy responded by placing military blockades. The standoff lasted for 13 days and ended after the Soviets agreed to remove the missiles. October 2002, The Bush administration announced North Korea had a nuclear weapons program — in violation of a 1994 agreement. In 2005, North Korea withdrew from an international disarmament deal with dozens of other countries.

The East Asian nation has continued to conduct nuclear and ballistic missiles tests despite international sanctions and condemnation. February 2019 U.S. backs out of arms treaty The U.S. announced it would back out of an arms control treaty with Russia, which has been in effect since 1987. The treaty required both countries to destroy certain missiles that shot between a 310-34,000-mile range. The decision came after the U.S. and NATO declared that Russia had violated the agreement for over a decade.

Donald Trump has said he cancelled an airstrike on Iran with 10 minutes to go because it would not have been proportionate to kill 150 people in retaliation for the downing of an unmanned US drone. We're closer to nuclear war now than we ever have been since WW2, according to the U.N. Arms Research Chief. Here's a look at times we've been close to world destruction.


06/21/2019 10:22 AM


  • Ps N.
    07/07/2021 16:53

    So 😭😢 sad

  • David J.
    03/08/2020 16:43

    We were the only country with the A-bomb during ww2 so it's false to say we came close to annihilation & Clinton sold nuclear technology to china in the 1990s

  • Akif K.
    01/29/2020 13:34

    The only country that should not have atomic weapons is US this is the only nation that use it on humanity

  • Jack W.
    08/31/2019 19:58

    Correct me if I’m wrong but WW2 was the only time nukes of any kind were used in war, little less end it

  • Jeremiah R.
    08/26/2019 15:53

    guess we will die

  • Kenny G.
    08/24/2019 19:04

    Why is there no date at the top of this post

  • Jade J.
    08/21/2019 12:24

    Covering your neck and face will not help you if you're in the blast zone 😂

  • Tumbaow L.
    08/21/2019 00:12

    Es necesario me gusta la idea 😍😍😍😍

  • Blu J.
    08/20/2019 20:02

    Im hungry

  • Kevin M.
    08/17/2019 18:39

    The United States 🇺🇸bombing Japan 🇯🇵was the cruelest thing in history , but that was the only way to show the Japanese that us Americans weren’t playing 😁

  • Ze R.
    08/17/2019 17:25

    Wtf does brut mean

  • Joseph B.
    08/15/2019 14:51

    Completely wrong the cuban missile crisis ...y'know when the soviets were literally giving cubans ballistic missiles was more of a threat to america and definitely happened after WWII

  • Alex G.
    08/14/2019 23:37

    Leftist propaganda

  • Carletus A.
    08/11/2019 22:21


  • Paul G.
    08/11/2019 00:26

    Just a suggestion: Give North Korea one final warning. Stop producing nuclear weapons. If that doesn’t work, tell them don’t act surprise when they find a US Carrier Strike Group close to them.

  • Mikey H.
    08/10/2019 19:10

    Close is dropping two nuclear weapons on a country. Close is veing in a deadlock arms race with the Soviet Union. Today? It's just a 1 minute piece once a week on your evening news. Wake up, sheep.

  • Mikey H.
    08/10/2019 19:09

    We aren't that close. Lol

  • Jordan C.
    08/09/2019 13:22

    Good maybe human nature can rebuild itself into a better society or societies

  • Dominic H.
    08/08/2019 04:54

    Bruh y'all been saying were going to a nuclear war soon I just got to the point where I don't care if it happens it's like waiting for Friday 4 to come out

  • Dirk L.
    08/06/2019 15:16

    Ok nuclear material needs to be sent far away from the entire planet. No government or country including ours should ever have this kind of power. The advancement of technology has made it so bad that a nuke in todays society would make the original atom bomb look like a m500 firecracker compared to what america has nowadays.

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