The world is as close to destruction as it has been in the last 20 years, a group of scientific leaders, policy experts and former officials warned Tuesday.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists chose to keep its so-called Doomsday Clock at three minutes to midnight this year, but said the lack of a tick forward shouldn’t be taken as a good sign.

“The danger of a nuclear catastrophe today in my judgment is greater than it was during the Cold War,” former Defense Secretary William Perry said during a video conference from Stanford during the Bulletin’s announcement of this year’s Doomsday Clock.
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