July 14, 2024
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Pope underscores need for a world free of nuclear weapons

Pope underscores need for a world free of nuclear weapons

Pope Francis tweeted on Monday about the need for real dialogue for authentic world peace and stability to overcome a nuclear “balance of terror,” stressing that the use and possession of nuclear weapons is immoral.

By Vatican News staff writer

Pope Francis sent a tweet on Monday stressing that the world needs to move towards “real dialogue” for peace and stability rather than using nucelar weapons as a “balance of terror” that only provides a false sense of security. He stressed once again that the “use of nuclear weapons as well as their mere possession is immoral.”

“The use of #NuclearWeapons, as well as their mere possession, is immoral. Trying to defend and ensure stability and peace through a false sense of security and a “balance of terror” ends up poisoning relationships between peoples and obstructs real dialogue. #NPTRevCon”

His tweet above made reference to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, or Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which is scheduled to begin its five year review during August in New York. The pandemic caused a delay in the review, which was previously scheduled for 2020.

The Non-Proliferation Treaty features three pillars of nonproliferation, disarmament, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy and is seen as a key international instrument for promoting nuclear non-proliferation. It came into force in 1970 and today has 191 States party to the treaty. The NPT has aimed to prevent other states from acquiring nuclear weapons as well as reductions in nuclear weapons stockpiles.

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