There are serious obstacles on the path to a nuke-free world, though, Gorbachev warned.
“And can we really imagine a world without nuclear weapons if a single country amasses so many conventional weapons that its military budget nearly tops that of all other countries combined? This country would enjoy total military supremacy if nuclear weapons were abolished,” the Soviet Union’s first and last president noted.
When asked whether it was the US he had in mind, Gorbachev replied:
“You said it. It is an insurmountable obstacle on the road to a nuclear-free world. That's why we have to put demilitarization back on the agenda of international politics.”