Anti-nuclear campaign group wins Nobel Peace Prize

Sunday, 08 Oct, 2017

Although the fact that US President Donald Trump can authorise the use of nuclear weapons makes many people uncomfortable, there are really no right hands for nuclear weapons, says International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons head Beatrice Fihn.

This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded not to an individual but to a group - the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

The award, he added, could create a "new stigma" around nuclear arms, similar to the stigma attached to biological and chemical weapons. "That's not how you build security", she said.

"ICAN - the global peace network - of which CND is a partner organisation, has worked tirelessly over the last few years, together with the 122 states who launched the first ever nuclear weapons ban treaty at the United Nations just a few weeks ago".

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.

Among those who celebrated the news was Ari Beser, an anti-nuclear activist with a personal connection to the story.

The US leader has threatened to bin the Iran nuclear agreement altogether, saying Tehran is developing missiles that may be used to deliver a nuclear warhead when the deal's restrictions are lifted in 2025.

"We look forward to Ireland speedily ratifying the treaty, and hope that our politicians and diplomats will use their influence internationally to promote the urgent need for other states to do so also". The treaty was signed by over 50 countries in September 2017.

The United States reacted coolly to the award, and a State Department spokesman said Washington has no plans to sign the treaty.

It's an enticing vision - a world free of nukes for the first time in generations.

ICAN, an worldwide nongovernmental organization headquartered in Geneva, won the award for its decade-long push for the treaty to take effect.

In a statement on the Nobel win, ICAN slammed the argument that nuclear weapons provide security as "misguided" and "dangerous", suggesting that such an argument incites proliferation instead.

Thus, Norwegian Committee that awards award justified that this global organization that brings toger some 400 NGOs from a hundred countries deserves it "for ir work to draw attention to catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of Nuclear weapons and ir innovative efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons".

The treaty was shunned by nuclear powers the US, Britain, Russia and China, as well as Australia, which doesn't have any nuclear weapons.

"Prime Minister [Erna Solberg] and I have congratulated ICAN, but we can not support a United Nations ban on nuclear weapons when none of the nuclear weapons countries are involved", Brende told local TV 2 channel, as cited by Norwegian media.

The U.S. put special pressure to oppose the treaty on its allies in NATO, an alliance that depends at its core on a policy of nuclear deterrence - the threat of retaliation in kind for any nuclear attack by an enemy.

Non-proliferation experts did not expect the award to have an immediate impact on the behavior of the world's nuclear powers, but they said it sends a powerful message to policymakers and the public. "They have not lived up to the spirit of their agreement", he said.