Pope Fears The World Is On The Brink Of Nuclear War

The threat of nuclear war is growing, according to Pope Francis.

The pontiff warned this week that the world is at “the very limit,” and that “one accident is enough” to set off missile launches that could kill millions of people. Reuters and the Daily Mail reported that Francis made the comments before he left the Vatican for a trip to Chile and Peru.

The 81-year-old leader of the Roman Catholic Church apparently was responding to reports that officials in Hawaii had mistakenly issued a missile alert. The announcement sparked widespread alarm in the state and increased concerns that the United States could accidentally get into a nuclear war with North Korea.

The pope did not cite the false report in Hawaii or the escalating tension between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

However, when asked whether he thought the planet was on the brink of another world war, he replied: “I think we are at the very limit. I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to precipitate things.”

It was not the first time Francis has cautioned that nuclear conflicts are possible if countries fail to resolve their differences peacefully. He has ramped up his warnings since Trump took office, due to the president’s frequent Twitter attacks on foreign leaders. Trump has called Kim “Rocket man” and other derogatory names.

The volatile North Korean strongman claims his country has developed a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States.

The pope is a strong supporter of the Catholic Church’s stance on nuclear weapons. He agrees that it is too dangerous for countries to amass such firepower in their efforts to deter attacks from their enemies.

Members of the news media covering Francis’ trip to South America received copies of a 1945 photo depicting a Japanese boy carrying his dead brother on his back. A photographer snapped the shot after a U.S. plane dropped a nuclear bomb on Nagasaki.

“I was moved when I saw this.The only thing I could think of adding were the words ‘the fruit of war,’” the pontiff explained.

"I wanted to have it reprinted and distributed because an image like this can be more moving than a thousand words. That is why I wanted to share it with you.”

In the 1950s, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists created a “doomsday clock” to estimate how close the world is to nuclear war.

On Jan. 26, 2017, the organization reset the clock’s hands to 2 minutes, 30 seconds before midnight. That was the closest the setting had been to 12 a.m. in more than 60 years.

“At the time, two of the factors we mentioned in making our decision were the ominous developments in North Korea, and the frivolous and dangerous language the new American president had employed before his inauguration regarding nuclear weapons and nuclear war,” theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss, who chairs the atomic scientists’ board, wrote in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times last August.

Krauss criticized Trump’s “fire and fury” rhetoric, describing it as “murky at best.” He mentioned the president’s threat that the United States is “locked and loaded” for war with North Korea.

“To step back from the brink, both parties need to be reminded that nuclear war is unwinnable,” the physicist wrote.

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