Nobel Peace Prize 2017 has been awarded on Friday October 06, 2017 to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the Geneva-based Nuclear disarmament campaign group for its efforts to rid the world of the atomic bomb, “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 on such weapons”.
The announcement came in the midst of tensions over North Korea’s Nuclear Tests and threats to detonate a hydrogen bomb, uncertainty over certification of Iran’s compliance with the 2015 accord that limits Iran’s nuclear program and at such a crucial stage; the Nobel committee has highlighted ICAN’s tireless non-proliferation efforts as nuclear-related crises swirl around North Korea and Iran, after a gap of around seventy two years of Atomic bombings of Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States during the final stage of World War II, on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. The United States had dropped the bombs with the consent of the United Kingdom as outlined in the Quebec Agreement. The two bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people, remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history.
This decision of Norwegian Nobel Committee has sent a strong message at a time when Mr. Trump has threatened to tear up a 2015 deal curbing Iran’s nuclear abilities. And the U.S. President last month alarmed delegates at the UN General Assembly by warning he may be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea because of its atomic weapons programme.
Norwegian Nobel committee president Berit Reiss-Andersen in announcing the prize in Oslo said that, “We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time. 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.” However, she stressed that the committee’s decision wasn’t aimed at any particular world leader, adding: “We’re not kicking anyone’s leg with this prize.”
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