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UN Secretary-General Congratulates Activist for Nobel Peace Prize

UN Secretary-General Congratulates Activist for Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel committee leader Berit Reiss-Anderson said the award acknowledged ICAN's work "drawing attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition on such weapons".

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

"NATO is committed to preserving peace and creating conditions for a world without nuclear weapons". "This. Is. Surreal." she later tweeted.

The Nobel Peace Prize award to nuclear disarmament group ICAN on Friday is "a good omen" for the eventual ratification of a treaty banning nuclear weapons, the United Nations said. The spectre of nuclear conflict looms large once more.

"What we need is verifiable and balanced reduction of nuclear weapons".

"That has to be done with diplomacy and politics, and definitely not nuclear saber-rattling between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un", she said. She told Reuters she had written this in jest, in the context of news reports that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had used the same word to describe his boss.

"If the USA proves itself to be an unreliable negotiating partner, I think North Korea would have no incentive really to engage in any sort of discussion about its nuclear program", says Paulina Izewicz of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

"Keeping nuclear weapons legal isn't going to help things", she said.

Fihn said there are no "right hands" for nuclear weapons and stressed that many people are anxious about the fact that Trump has access to the nuclear code.

ICAN launched in Melbourne in 2007 and comprises paid members: three in Geneva, one in Melbourne and one in Sydney.

The Nobel statement, read by committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen, said: "Ican has played a major part in bringing about what in our day and age is equivalent to an worldwide peace congress". He said the treaty will not make the world more peaceful, will not result in the elimination of a single nuclear weapon, and will not enhance any state's security. However that's not stopping his continual fight for a nuclear-free world.

The United States and close allies, including France and Britain, have sought instead to strengthen the almost half-century-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons but does not ban them outright.

The treaty requires ratification by at least 50 nations to come into force.

Mr Nash says superpowers like the USA need to lead from the front - and he has a message for President Trump.

"The stakes are so high right now", she said.

An global group dedicated to eliminating nuclear weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a recognition of efforts to avoid nuclear conflict at a time of heightened atomic menace.

"This is the greatest threat to humanity and to the entire planet", said Mr Wright. A senior administration official said on Thursday Trump is expected to "decertify" the pact, a step which could allow Congress to restore sanctions on Iran.

The United States was also isolated in 1997, when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a civil society group that pushed to abolish land mines - the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and its coordinator, Jody Williams.

"We hope that the prestige which is attached to the Nobel Prize will further stigmatise nuclear weapons and the states which possess them, and promote the urgency of eliminating them". "The panel wants to send a signal to North Korea and the USA that they need to go into negotiations".

Other signatories of the treaty - there are 191 in total - also agreed not to pursue a nuclear weapons programme.

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