Christians Condemn Nuclear Warhead Deal

The Fellowship of Reconciliation, a group of Christian Peacemakers which traces its witness for peace and justice back more than 100 years, is concerned about recent news regarding the renewal of the UK’s nuclear warheads.

Chair Richard Bickle said:

“This policy shows real contempt for the promises made by the UK government when it signed the Nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Instead of working for nuclear disarmament, this decision locks in dependence on nuclear weapons for the generations to come.

We believe that the estimated cost of £31Bn could be much better spent tackling the real threats to our future security posed by the impacts of climate change.”

The decision emerged when Strategic Command Admiral Charles Richard told a Senate hearing last week that a replacement warhead called W93 or Mk7 was needed in the US.  He added: “This effort will also to support a parallel replacement warhead programme in the United Kingdom whose nuclear deterrent plays an absolutely vital role in NATO’s overall defence posture.”

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has since confirmed that it is working towards replacing the warheads.  A spokesperson, said: “As previously stated in the 2015 defence review, we can confirm that we are working towards replacing the warhead.”

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