Nobel Peace Prize winners thought it was a hoax

Are Nuclear Weapons Illegal? Yes, but It Doesn't Matter

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.

It's the latest group of people involved in world nuclear-disarmament efforts to be recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize, an award that's also been presented to such advocates in 1959, 1962, 1974, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2005.

Since the launch of ICAN in 2007, SGI has been proud to work as one of the movement's worldwide partners toward the realization of a world free from nuclear weapons. She said all sides need to stop with the tit-for-tat rhetoric. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has launched twenty-two missiles during rocket tests and nuclear tests this year, leading to an escalation of hostility between him and USA #president donald trump.

"Australia's policy of supporting nuclear weapons is contributing to the tensions that exist".

"Unfortunately, we are seeing a deterioration in the overall security environment and growing nuclear capabilities of certain states", a State Department official said, speaking anonymously in keeping with administration guidelines.

The committee calls the organization "the leading civil society actor in the endeavor to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under global law", citing its role in helping bring about the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations.

President Donald Trump, who has mocked Kim by calling him "Little Rocket Man", has said he would have no choice but to "totally destroy" North Korea if the United States or its allies are attacked.

Among those who celebrated the news was Ari Beser, an anti-nuclear activist with a personal connection to the story.

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

The campaign's founders were inspired by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which had played a major role in the negotiation of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, also known as the Ottawa treaty. For example, Eisaku Sato, former prime minister of Japan, won in 1974 for maintaining that his country shouldn't have nukes and for having signed, on behalf of the nation, the nuclear arms Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Teaching the world about the dangers of nuclear war has been something of a calling for Professor Ruff.

The Japanese government was clearly caught off-guard by the decision to award this year's Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

"We told the world about the inhumanity (of nuclear weapons)". She believes it is highly important that awareness is raised that the treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons has declared that kind of behaviour illegal.

She said at a news conference that she had thought at first that the congratulatory telephone call from the Nobel committee was fake.

"And the humans are using primal instincts of aggression and warfare and hostility, which have got to the point, because of these weapons, of being a threat not just to the enemy, but a threat to all life".

The White House and leaders of other nuclear powers have instead endorsed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which went into effect in 1970 and which limits but does not ban the powerful weapons.

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