How likely is World War 3? Three countries that pose a threat

January 18, 2024

China, Russia and Iran all pose threats, according to the defence secretary (Picture: Reuters/ Rex)Ominous warnings from Russia, missile strikes in the Middle East and uneasy diplomacy in China – the threat of World War Three has never loomed larger. Shapps said Russia, China and Iran posed serious threats, calling them ‘unstable’ and ‘irrational’. Russia’s war in Ukraine is fast approaching its 700th day, with its two-year anniversary taking place on 24 February. It’s likely that the UK would at least deploy troops, alongside other NATO countries, in such a scenario. Speaking last year, former foreign secretary James Cleverly said that ‘no country could shield itself from the repercussions of a war in Taiwan’.