Why the Pope Is Right about Nuclear Weapons

"Pope Francis’ call to eliminate nuclear weapons threats is one that U.S. leaders should take to heart and act upon."

Pending the formal entry into force of the treaty, the United States and the other states observing nuclear testing moratoria, along with the UN Security Council, should explore new approaches to reinforce the global taboo against nuclear testing and clarify that nuclear test explosions by any nation are a threat to international peace and security. For example, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, Russia and the United States could jointly issue a formal joint statement committing not to be the first of the seven to conduct a nuclear test explosion.

Pope Francis’ call to eliminate nuclear weapons threats is one that U.S. leaders should take to heart and act upon.

Daryl G. Kimball is executive director of the nonpartisan Arms Control Association.

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