Drive to ban nukes gets a Nobel boost


At a meeting of the First Committee - the United Nations panel tasked with handling disarmament issues - North Korean Ambassador Ja Song Nam suggested that Pyongyang "agrees with the primary focus" of the nuclear weapons ban treaty but can not accede to it because of Washington's "nuclear threat and blackmail".

Nuclear weapons would also appear to violate the 1928 Kellog-Briand Pact, an global agreement that prohibited war as an instrument of national policy, stating that war could not be used to settle "disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them". "The nuclear weapons are stationed in Germany and key to maintaining nuclear balance", said Marcel Dirsus, a political scientist at the University of Kiel in Germany. It originated in Australia and was then launched internationally in Vienna in 2007.

In 1996, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered an advisory opinion titled "Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons". "That's not how you build security", she said.

One of the contributors to an organization that recently won the Nobel Peace Prize will be in Evansville this weekend.

"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", the head of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Beatrice Fihn, told reporters in Geneva.

The awarding of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) represents a timely recognition of the urgency of ridding the world of horrific weapons of mass destruction, according to Irish CND.

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"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".

As long as Kim Jong Un is pumping resources into North Korea's missile programs, it's hard to envision disarmament.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, negotiated earlier this year, opened for signature at the United Nations last month. Progress toward clarifying the worldwide stance toward the legality of nuclear weapons was made this summer, however, when the United Nations officially adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

"Some states are modernising their nuclear arsenals and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea".

Mr Hutchinson said the group welcomed the leading role that Irish diplomats have played in bringing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons into existence, and the fact that Ireland was among the first group of states to sign the treaty. A total of 122 nations adopted the deal - but none of the nine known nuclear powers signed up.

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