The Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis has warned that the world is on the “brink” of nuclear war.
Pope Francis gave the warning on Monday, at the Vatican as he was setting off on a pastoral visit to Chile and Peru that threatens to become overshadowed by sexual abuse scandals.
The Popes warning may not be unconnected with the series of war, terror and rage among nuclear powers like the United States, Russia, North Korea including the on going terrorism in Syria.
The Pope said, “Yes, I am really afraid. We are on the brink. We only need an accident to trigger war,” Francis said.
“If we go on like this, the situation risks precipitating.
“So, we need to destroy the weapons and to strive for nuclear disarmament,” he added.
The pope’s appeal came as North and South Korea held working-level talks on Monday, raising hopes that months of rising tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes may be easing.
Pope Francis had earlier said that the global community must “support every effort at dialogue” with North Korea.