NFPB calls for de-escalation in relation to North Korea

Northern Friends Peace Board’s trustees met today and agreed to send the following to Theresa May, Prime Minister, and to Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary. The same will also be sent to leaders of the main opposition parties.

Friday 28th April 2017

We view with increasing alarm the mounting tension regarding North Korea. For the first time in generations, nations’ leaders are talking about the first use of nuclear weapons as an appropriate response to a deteriorating international situation. History is witness to millions of deaths across the globe as a result of the language of escalation.

We urge the Government to do its utmost to use diplomatic and non-military approaches to de-escalate the tensions. The possible humanitarian and environmental consequences of crossing the nuclear weapons red-line, for the region and indeed for the planet, are barely imaginable.

Whilst we are rightly appalled by the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the scale and duration of human suffering arising from nuclear warfare would be many thousands of times worse. This cannot and must not be an acceptable way of dealing with issues in the 21st century. Humankind is better than that, and humanity and all life on earth deserve better.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Austin

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