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Vatican urges dialogue, consultation over nuclear threats

From Reuters - November 10, 2017

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Friday urged world leaders to shun any unilateral action and seek dialogue to respond to the threat of nuclear weapons.

The appeal came at the start of a two-day conference on nuclear disarmament that has brought together more than 10 Nobel prize winners, United Nations and NATO officials, discussing perspectives for a world free of nuclear weapons.

Growing inter-dependence means that any response to the threat of nuclear weapons should be collective and consultative, based on mutual trust, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said.

As tensions between the United States and North Korea have increased in recent months, Pope Francis and the Vatican havewarned that a nuclear conflict would destroy a good part of humanity.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has said North Korea will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen if it threatened the United States, is visiting South Korea as part of a current trip to Asia.

This trust can be built only through dialogue that is truly directed to the common good and not to the protection of veiled or particular interests, said Parolin, who ranks second only to the pope in the Vatican hierarchy.

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