In addressing the 59th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Vatican’s chief diplomat stated:
It is clear that the agreement requires further efforts and commitment by all the parties involved in order for it to bear fruit. We hope that the full implementation of [the nuclear deal] will ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program under the [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] and will be a definitive step toward greater stability and security in the region.
In his address calling for a worldwide reduction of nuclear weapons, Archbishop Gallagher added that “spending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nations” and said that “the dubious strategic rationales for maintaining and even strengthening” nuclear stockpiles are “morally problematic.”
The Holy See “has no illusions about the challenges involved in achieving a world free of nuclear weapons,” he admitted, but called for “concerted steps” for all nations to disarm.
The Vatican singled out Israel in calling for “the establishment of zones free of nuclear weapons … especially in the Middle East.”
The news about the Vatican’s pro-Iran deal position comes as Pope Francis is to visit Washington, D.C., on September 22. He will be welcomed to the White House and is set to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress.