Nuclear weapons present a unique existential threat to humanity. The number of states possessing nuclear weapons continues to grow. The pos­sibility of terrorists making or acquiring nuclear weapons increases. The technology designed to manage these weapons cannot be made foolproof and the possession of these weapons thereby exposes the human family to potentially devastating accidents.

ECRL believe that the latest underground test by DPRK fuels the misguided and dangerous notion that the threat of nuclear weapons is an effective deterrent and is another indication of the inability of the current nuclear regime to prevent states from seeking, possessing or modernising nuclear weapons.

Nuclear weapons are an irresponsible means of warfare and their use and possession is a ruthless act that must be condemned by the international community as a whole. Condemnation must be followed by the development of an international prohibition on nuclear weapons similar to the bans on chemical and biological weapons.

Though governments have agreed to the complete abolition of nuclear weapons since 1945, political divisions have prevented its achievement and expanded the nuclear threat.

Religious believers can play a vital role in bridging those political gaps. We must remind policymakers and public that we all share an interconnected world that requires cooperative security based on our common concerns, shared moral values and international law. Nuclear abolition is a common global good which could foster peace by liberating billions of dollars for sustainable development, remove the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over our heads and foster the common search for collective security.

ECRL goes beyond words to actions, seeking to promote inter-religious initiatives to prevent and transform communal or inter-religious tensions, reduce threats of weapons, and promote human development and protection of the earth.

Religious leaders and communities can play vital roles in helping to achieve a nuclear weapons–free world. We encourage you to use your own faith—in principled solidarity with be­lievers of other faiths—to help end the danger and moral tyranny of nucle­ar weapons.