On Thursday, the Vatican had harsh words for President Trump at the 10th Conference for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty in New York.
Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, noted said that the United States’ rising tensions with North Korea “are of special urgency.”
Gallagher went on to say, “The international community must respond by seeking to revive negotiations. The threat or use of military force have no place in countering proliferation, and the threat or use of nuclear weapons in countering nuclear proliferation are deplorable.”
He went on to claim that building a strong military promotes a cold war mentality.
“We must put behind us the nuclear threats, fear, military superiority, ideology, and unilateralism that drive proliferation and modernization efforts and are so reminiscent of the logic of the Cold War,” Gallagher said, in evident reference to the American President.
During his speech before the U.N. on Tuesday, Trump said, “No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the wellbeing of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more.”
President Trump went on to say, “North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.”
He also warned that the United States has the military means to take action if they need to do so.
In his speech, Trump said, “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully, this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for.”
In response, Gallagher said, “The peace-of-a-sort that is based on a balance of power, with threats and counter-threats, and ultimately fear, is an unstable and false peace.”
Gallagher concluded by saying, “In order to respond adequately to the challenges of the twenty-first century, it is essential to replace a logic of fear and mistrust with an ethic of responsibility. And so foster a climate of trust which values multilateral dialogue through consistent and responsible cooperation between all the members of the international community.”