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LAST week's announcement that Britain will unilaterally abandon all Royal

Navy nuclear bombs and depth charges is welcome as a step towards a more secure world.

So also are the cuts agreed by Presidents Bush and Yeltsin. However, in neither case have our leaders gone far enough.

Britain still mantains Polaris and the RAF WS 177 free-fall bombs, and proposes to increase its nuclear capability by replacing these with Trident and TASM respectively.

The US and Russian arsenals will still mantain the potential of inflicting tens of thousands of Hiroshinias.

Especially in Britain's case, there remains no realistic justification for continued possession of any nuclear weapons.

We will be more reassured by British defence policy when it recognises that: 1) No nuclear-armed state is hostile towards Britain.

2) Nuclear strategies against non-nuclear states would be a breach of promises made when signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

3) To maintain nuclear arsenal while (quite rightly) opposing the acquisition of nuclear arms by less industrialised countries is hypocritical and ultimately self-defeating.

4) The legitimacy of nuclear weapons in international law is, at the very least, dubious.

The world must move rapidly towards common security based on trust and justice in order to avert global catastrophe.

Comprehensive nuclear disarmament is essential to such a move.

We call on our fellowChristians — and indeed on all people — to put your trust in the loving power of God instead of the destructive power of nuclear weapons.

We urge you to assert your love for your neighbours throughout the world by calling for the end to the nuclear stockpiles that continue to threaten all of humanity.

Mark Bingland-Pritchard, Coordinator, Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Revd David Partridge, Clergy against Nuclear Arms Revd Clive Barrett, Chairman, Anglican Pacifist Fellowship Norman Kember, Secretary Baptist Peace Fellowhip Nelson Krayhill, Programme Director, London Mennonite Centre Pat Gaffney, General Secretary, Pax Christi

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