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Anti-nuclear weapons group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Anti-nuclear weapons group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

JUDY WOODRUFF: And yet all this is taking place in real time as North Korea, we are seeing a regime that looks at nuclear weapons as absolutely essential for its survival, and then the United States, President Trump, looking at North Korea and saying, you make a false move and we're going to come back at you, we're going to come at you.

The hard reality is that it would have no actual effect on the threat of nuclear weapons if Canada did take the dramatic step of breaking with its allies and signing on to the treaty that won ICAN its Nobel Prize.

"The election of President Donald Trump has made a lot of people feel very uncomfortable with the fact that he alone can authorise the use of nuclear weapons", she said, adding that the USA leader had a track record of "not listening to expertise". He is the co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. The ICJ concluded both that "the threat or use of nuclear weapons would generally be contrary to the rules of worldwide law applicable in armed conflict, and in particular the principles and rules of humanitarian law" and that "states must never make civilians the object of attack and must consequently never use weapons that are incapable of distinguishing between civilian and military targets". "We laid the foundations for ICAN to do its work", Tanaka said.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons was honored for its work to foster a global ban on the weapons, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

"They have also shown the utter bankruptcy of the argument put forward by nuclear-armed states that nuclear weapons help keep the world safe: safety laced with the spectre of annihilation is an absurd fallacy".

This is the 98th Peace Prize awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee since its inaugural year of 1901.

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With 122 countries signed up to the pact, United Nations spokeswoman Alessandra Velluci said she hoped the award would provide an impetus for more nations to follow.

"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.

The disarmament movement, he said, is at a "dead stop" with 15,000 nuclear weapons in the hands of leaders such as Trump, Kim and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

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

Spending on nuclear weapons across the nine states that have them exceeds $105 billion a year - money that ICAN says would be better far spent on healthcare, education and disaster relief. Mr. Ikeda continues: "The adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and today's award mark the opening of a new phase in the effort to abolish nuclear weapons, a rising tide of energy and commitment".

It officially launched in Vienna, Austria, in April 2007 during the Non-Proliferation Treaty preparatory committee meeting. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would remain a nuclear alliance as long as nuclear weapons existed, according to Stoltenberg. "The German public might be opposed to nuclear weapons, but the government knows that they are key to German national security", said Dirsus. "They have not lived up to the spirit of their agreement", he said.

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