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07 Octubre 2017, 01:10 | Crisanna Felipe
Applauding the Nobel committee — while remaining skeptical that nukes can ever be abolished
Nobel committee president Berit Reiss-Andersen praised the work of ICAN at a time when tensions remain high over North Korea's nuclear weapons testing and as the Iran nuclear deal has been called into question by US President Donald Trump.
"It is wonderful we have this Nobel Peace-Prize winning movement".
The US reacted coolly to the award, and a State Department spokesman said Washington has no plans to sign the treaty.
After Friday's announcement, USA officials reiterated their opposition to the new treaty, which they view as reckless and misguided. "In this context, recognition for the campaign [ICAN] has inspired us", he said.
The Nobel committee spurned an opportunity to celebrate the Iran nuclear deal, but still found a way to send a message to US President Donald Trump.
Despite fiery rhetoric and threats of a nuclear conflict emanating from the war of words between the US and North Korea over the past year, the movement to delegitimize the weapons has pushed forward in step. And he once reportedly asked White House advisers why not use nuclear weapons, since the country possesses them.
"The belief of some governments that nuclear weapons are a legitimate and essential source of security is not only misguided, but also risky, for it incites proliferation and undermines disarmament".
With the support of ICAN, the CBS published a Bangla book titled Keno Paromanobik Ostro Ekhone Nishiddho Howa Uchit (Why should nuclear weapons be banned right now) in 2014.
He is also engaged in a perilous game of brinksmanship with nuclear-armed North Korea, threatening "fire and fury" and exchanging insults with young dictator Kim Jong-Un. The 1996 opinion issued by the ICJ also included an observation that it could not "reach a definitive conclusion as to the legality or illegality of the use of nuclear weapons by a State in an extreme circumstance of self-defence, in which its very survival would be at stake". "That's not how you build security", the group's executive director, Beatrice Fihn, told reporters after Friday's announcement.
Some countries abandoned their nuclear ambitions at around the time of the treaty, including Sweden (1968) and Switzerland (1969), while others have since dropped their programmes such as South Africa (1991) and ex-Soviet republics. So far, only three have done so.
"I really hope that they take this award - I mean some of them are members of ICAN - but all of them take this award as an award to them as well", she said.
Arms control advocates celebrated the news Friday.
"I guess it's testament to how a small group of people can have a big impact on the world stage", said Mr Wright, ICAN's first volunteer. They instead suggest strengthening the nonproliferation treaty, which they say has made a significant dent in atomic arsenals.
"Together with ICAN and many other people, we "Hibakusha" will continue to seek a world without nuclear weapons as long as our lives last", the 92-year-old said.
In 2009, it awarded the prize to President Barack Obama, months after he laid out the USA commitment to "seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons".
The award was hailed by anti-nuclear campaigners around the world.
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