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The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns follows issues related to weapons of mass destruction with the help of our partners such as Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). With respect to nuclear weapons, FCNL explains, "Although national security is widely perceived to depend on military strength, more weapons do not provide enduring security. Military expansion provokes fear and potential retaliation. Threats tend to increase the hostility and distrust that lead to war. We believe that nations must move toward comprehensive disarmament. We urge multilateral disarmament, supported by the conversion of military industries to the production of civilian goods and services, and the retraining of personnel toward that end. We also advocate that the United States take unilateral steps toward its own disarmament, believing that other nations will respond affirmatively to this example. The risks of disarmament are far smaller than the risks involved in the current course of weapons stockpiling and development."
 
“Nuclear weapons are the weapons of the weak party in a conflict,” FCNL says. “Today the United States has overwhelming conventional forces that can engage and kill any other conventional force or combination of forces. The other forces are the weak party, and they may resort to nuclear weapons to achieve a military balance. Therefore, U.S. national security depends upon implementing the Non-Proliferation Treaty, ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and making nuclear weapons unacceptable in any arsenal.”
 

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