Group opposing nuclear weapons wins Nobel peace prize

Frederick Owens
October 8, 2017

It was announced yesterday (6 October 2017) that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

The executive director of the campaign, Beatriz Fihn, thanked the acknowledgment and regretted that mankind continued in danger due to the use of nuclear weapons or the threat of that use.

During the presidential campaign, Trump suggested the best path to addressing North Korea was to arm additional countries, such as South Korea and Japan, with nuclear weapons.

It is the "first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years", the United Nations said in a statement.

"Nuclear disarmament has been an objective for the United Nations since the very first General Assembly resolution in 1946, which established the goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction", the statement said. He was a leader of the Manhattan Project, the American lab that produced nuclear weapons, and TIME called him "the world's foremost nuclear physicist" in 1945, while his New York Times obituary described him as "an architect of the atomic age".

The prize seeks to bolster the case for disarmament amid nuclear tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, as well as uncertainty over the fate of the 2015 deal between Iran and major powers to limit Tehran's nuclear programme.

Before Friday, ICAN was a little-known organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Center for Bangladesh Studies (CBS) and Physicians for Social Responsibility Bangladesh (PSRB) are among the 468 partners of ICAN from 101 countries.

Helfand said MA U.S. Senator Ed Markey has prioritized the nuclear threat, including introducing legislation that would prevent the president from making a first nuclear strike without congressional approval.

NATO, which has three of the world s nuclear powers in its ranks and which opposed the weapons ban treaty, welcomed "the attention given to the issue" by ICAN s win.

More news: Trump Reaches Out to Democrats in Bid for 'Great' Health Law

This is the 98th Peace Prize awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee since its inaugural year of 1901. The group was officially launched in 2007 with the aim of promoting the ideals outlined in the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

BERLIN (Jiji Press) - The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons praised on Friday the contribution to its activities by hibakusha atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Russian Federation and China are equally opposed to the efforts to ban nuclear weapons through an worldwide treaty.

Online, many celebrated the news that ICAN was awarded this year's prize.

But it was no joke.and neither, she says, is the current threat of nuclear conflict.

Others called the Nobel committee's decision a "resounding call to global responsibility".

Speaking in Geneva, ICAN head Beatrice Fihn made an explicit link between the award and concerns about Trump's attitude to the Iran deal and nonproliferation efforts. "We're not kicking anyone in the legs with this prize", she said.

"The Iranian regime supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed and chaos across the Middle East".

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. "A man that you can bait with a tweet", she said. The committee may have been reluctant to reward the Iranian government for its role in the nuclear deal because the only Iranian victor so far, 2003 laureate Shirin Ebadi, a lawyer and human rights campaigner, is forced to live in exile.

Other reports by LeisureTravelAid

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER