Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to the announcement made by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that the Doomsday Clock has moved to 2 minutes 30 seconds.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

“The Doomsday Clock has moved closer to midnight. The twin threats of nuclear war and climate change pose a greater danger to the world in 2017 than in 2016. We agree that the provocative statements made by Donald Trump have broken international conventions and made a new arms race a real possibility.

“It’s now absolutely vital that Britain supports negotiations for a global nuclear ban taking place at the United Nations this year. We urgently need to decrease tensions and see progress made towards abolition of nuclear weapons. This can only take happen if Britain and other nuclear weapons states play a more constructive role.”