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WCC encourages US-Russia "leading by example" on nuclear disarmament

WCC encourages US-Russia "leading by example" on nuclear disarmament

While Cold War propaganda praised the destructive power of nuclear arms, Russia and the United States now set out to take the lead on nuclear disarmament.

07 July 2009

The United States' and Russia's public commitment to cut back their stockpiles of strategic nuclear weapons "is an encouraging initiative and a step forward on the difficult but essential journey that the world must take to free itself from the spectre of self-destruction," the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia said in a statement published 7 July.

Meeting in Moscow on 6 July, US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have reached an outline agreement to reduce the numbers of deployed nuclear warheads to below 1,700 on each side within seven years of a new treaty.

"We recognize the commitment of both the US and Russian leaders' joint responsibility for nuclear arms control. We urge them to stand side by side in that shared responsibility and make urgent and unambiguous progress together. In fact, we believe that by doing so they will gradually gain the moral authority needed to encourage other states in eliminating these weapons of mass destruction," the WCC statement continues.

Full text of the WCC general secretary's statement

Churches engaged for nuclear arms control