World powers pledge to avoid nuclear war

US bishops have commended the recent commitment by five of the world’s nuclear powers to prevent nuclear conflict.

Jan 14, 2022

Fratelli tutti reminds us that “international peace and stability cannot be based on the threat of mutual destruction or total annihilation”.


WASHINGTON:
US bishops have commended the recent commitment by five of the world’s nuclear powers to prevent nuclear conflict.

In a rare joint statement issued recently, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) said they “believe strongly” that the further spread of nuclear weapons must be prevented and that a nuclear war “cannot be won and must never be fought”.

The statement followed the announcement that the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) which was scheduled to start on January 4 had been once again postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to put a stop to the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to further the goals of achieving nuclear disarmament. 191 States have joined the Treaty making it the most widely adhered to multilateral disarmament agreement. North Korea is the only country to have withdrawn from the NPT since it came into force in 1970.

Bishop David Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the US Bishops’ Conference (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace, welcomed the statement. He also reiterated the US Bishops’ hope that negotiations on the NPT will be soon advanced, recalling Pope Francis’ prophetic word in his Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti which reminds us that “international peace and stability cannot be based on the threat of mutual destruction or total annihilation”.

In his statement, Bishop Malloy invited “all Americans to continue in prayer and support of our leaders to advance the critical goals of disarmament.” Vatican News

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