ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize for nuclear weapons ban treaty

Speaking to reporters in Geneva, ICAN s head Beatrice Fihn said Trump s movements over North Korea and Iran showed the clear danger posed by nuclear arms.

In a year when the threat of nuclear warfare seemed to draw closer, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to an advocacy group behind the first treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.

Commending the organisation's work, The Revd Loraine Mellor, President of the Methodist Conference said: "Nuclear weapons are totally opposed to the love that God has for humankind".

"We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time", she said.

Nuclear weapons would also appear to violate the 1928 Kellog-Briand Pact, an worldwide agreement that prohibited war as an instrument of national policy, stating that war could not be used to settle "disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them". "In this context, recognition for the campaign [ICAN] has inspired us", he said.

He is also engaged in a perilous game of brinksmanship with North Korea, threatening "fire and fury" and exchanging insults with young dictator Kim Jong Un.

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Its rootsIn 2006, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, adopted ICAN as a major priority at its world congress in Helsinki Finland. But while there is no way as of yet to force nuclear powers to disarm, Fihn voiced optimism that the treaty declaring them illegal would help stigmatise them. The group consists of about 500 organizations in more than 100 countries that are working toward global nuclear disarmament.

"We applaud those nations that have already signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and we urge all others to follow their lead", the statement said. But with actual disarmament of the world's nuclear arsenal likely still far off, ICAN is not resting on its laurels.

State department [the equivalent of our ministry of foreign Affairs], the United States has made it clear that they will not sign the treaty for the prohibition of the atomic weapon forbidden by the global Campaign to abolish nuclear weapons (Ican), an organization that rewarded this Friday with the Nobel peace prize. PRI featured his story earlier this year, as part of our series about people who have kept the world safe from nuclear weapons.

A tiny group that works to prevent nuclear war is this year's victor of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since Nagasaki, the list of nations possessing nuclear weapons capability has grown to nine.

In fact, the CBS is against use of all types of nuclear technology, Arup told The Daily Star.

More eloquent were Secretary General of United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and Margot Wallstrom, Swedish foreign minister, who, toger with Austria and Ireland, are only countries in European Union who have voted in favour of Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear weapons. It began in Australia and was officially launched in Vienna in 2007. Under the accord, Iran pledged never to "seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons" and said it was pursuing an "exclusively peaceful" nuclear energy program.

All of them, including Canada, fell in line - an uncomfortable stance for the Trudeau government given this country's traditional role as an advocate of disarmament and a pioneer in agreements to ban other types of destructive weapons, such as landmines.

  • Adam Floyd