Michael Douglas warns nukes more powerful 'than ever before'

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Posted: Apr 28, 2015 9:33 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actor Michael Douglas is reminding world powers that the threat of nuclear weapons is "no less important today than it was in my childhood."

The Academy Award winner spoke Tuesday as global nuclear powers are gathered at the United Nations to discuss a landmark treaty on disarmament. He said he remembers hiding under his wooden desk for nuclear drills.

Douglas said there may be fewer nuclear weapons these days, but they are "more powerful and more sophisticated than ever before."

He said one of the "great ironies" is that the cost of maintaining the world's nuclear weapons stockpile is surpassed only by the human and environmental costs of using them.