U.S. Secretary of State Blinken identifies America’s most urgent threats

U.S. Secretary Antony J. Blinken on Wednesday identified key threats America and its allies face in the world, including Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.

Speaking at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, after meeting key U.S. allies, Blinken said worries include nuclear and chemical weapons, aggression, and developments in missile capabilities.

The second category – technological, economic, and informational – comes from many of the same countries identified above. “These include the use of disinformation campaigns and weaponized corruption to fuel distrust in our democracies, and cyberattacks that target our critical infrastructure and steal intellectual property,” Blinken said.

According to America’s top diplomat, COVID-19 and climate change are examples of global crises that define the third category.

“These aren’t threats posed by specific governments – they’re global,” he said, adding that these threats are symptoms of an increasingly connected world. Disruptions in the food supply, migration patterns, and health systems will require coordinated responses to repair.

Blinken identified global terrorism as a multi-categorical threat facing the globe. Although significant progress has been made over the past decade in dismantling terrorist organizations, the administration remains worried about certain remaining groups.

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