Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
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The Norwegian Nobel Committee said ICAN was receiving the award for its “work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”
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.
“Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea,” Andersen said.
“Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth. Through binding international agreements, the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition.”