Man with Ties to Nobel Peace Prize in Evansville this Weekend

Man with Ties to Nobel Peace Prize in Evansville this Weekend

Man with Ties to Nobel Peace Prize in Evansville this Weekend

The European Union's foreign policy chief welcomed the awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

"The disapproval and rejection on the part of nuclear weapon states including the USA and the military allies cast a gloomy shadow on the prospects of the treaty", Ja said.

"We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time", Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said when she announced the prize in Oslo, Norway.

Despite fiery rhetoric and threats of a nuclear conflict emanating from the war of words between the US and North Korea over the past year, the movement to delegitimize the weapons has pushed forward in step. France holds the third largest nuclear arsenal at a comparatively low 300, which represents just 2%. "That's not how you build security", she said.

The committee cited the tiny, Geneva-based ICAN for its work that led to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons reached in July at the United Nations.

The leaders of the United States and North Korea have been in the midst of an escalating war of words; Trump has threatened to rain "fire and fury" on the country; while Kim Jong-un has called Trump a "dotard". SGI has been working toward the abolition of nuclear weapons for 60 years, since the Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons issued by second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda on September 8, 1957.

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

Despite the NPT, four other countries managed to develop their own nuclear capability: India, Pakistan and Israel, which never signed the treaty, and most recently North Korea, which pulled out of the treaty in 2003. The State Department spokesman added that Washington remains committed to its obligations under the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty.

"I think that our region has a very important role to play again in helping the world to step back from the brink and to save itself from the nuclear peril", he said.

"We applaud those nations that have already signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and we urge all others to follow their lead".

"The belief of some governments that nuclear weapons are a legitimate and essential source of security is not only misguided, but also risky, for it incites proliferation and undermines disarmament".

Edwards paraphrases Trudeau senior as saying at the time, "If we want to have a world without nuclear weapons, we have to invoke a strategy of suffocation, we have to choke off the vital oxygen on which these weapons feed".

The group is launched internationally at the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference in Vienna.

While some asked whether a prize should be awarded for symbolism, since no global measures against nuclear weapons with all countries had been reached, Ms Reiss-Andersen said: "What will not have an impact is being passive".

"Following the introduction of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the test of a responsible nuclear weapons power will be its commitment to present concrete plans for progressing towards a world without nuclear weapons".

Although global atomic stockpiles have plummeted - from around 64,000 weapons in 1986 at the height of the Cold War to about 9,000 in 2017, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS) - they remain a global concern.

Anti-nuclear campaigners say they recognize the challenge of persuading nuclear powers to agree to give up their weapons.

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