Faith-Based Group Praises New U.S. Nuclear Policy

A faith-based anti-proliferation group has praised the Obama-administration's new policy on nuclear disarmament, which has also been widely accepted by defense experts and other anti-nuclear activists.

Released yesterday, the 72-page Nuclear Posture Review boosts funding for non-proliferation efforts while maintaining the U.S.'s current arsenal until all nuclear weapons are eventually eliminated.

The policy also bans the use of American nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states, although it leaves "all options…on the table" for Iran and North Korea due to their defiance against international non-proliferation treaties.

"If you're not going to play by the rules … then all options are on the table in terms of how we deal with you," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday.

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, founder and director of the Two Futures Project (2FP), called the policy "a welcome attempt to marry idealism and realism" in the post-Cold War, post 9/11 era, according to the Associated Baptist Press (ABP).

"The use of even one nuclear weapon would cause indiscriminate death and destruction and threaten uncontrollable escalation, both of which are anathema in the just-war tradition," Wigg-Stevenson told ABP. "The moral imperative is to do everything possible to ensure that no nuclear weapon is ever used, whether in war, terrorism or by accident."

According to its website, the 2FP is a "movement of American Christians for the abolition of all nuclear weapons" with the belief that "we face two futures and one choice: a world without nuclear weapons or a world ruined by them." The group supports the "multilateral, global, irreversible, and verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons, as a biblically-grounded mandate and as a contemporary security imperative."

The Nuclear Posture Review comes just days before President Obama will sign a new nuclear treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Prague on Thursday.

One year earlier in the same location, Obama made a speech against proliferation saying that "nuclear terrorism by violent extremists and nuclear proliferation" as the "greatest threat to U.S. and global security."

Next week, the president is schedule to hold a summit in Washington with 46 global leaders to brainstorm on how to deter terrorists from obtaining or building nuclear weapons.

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