A Nobel against nuclear risk

Dr. Ira Helfand speaks earlier this year at a rally in Springfield. Helfand is a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons which received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Helfand said he's not expecting the prize to make much of an impact on President Trump, who undermined his own secretary of state's efforts at diplomacy with North Korea.

Sunao Tsuboi, the 92-year-old Hidankyo chairman, said in a statement that he will "work with ICAN and everyone else as long as I live to realize a world without nuclear weapons".

Founded in Vienna in 2007, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) comprises more than 400 NGOs and has mobilised supporters and celebrities alike in its cause.

She said that while similar bans had been reached on chemical and biological weapons, land mines and cluster munitions, nuclear weapons had so far avoided a similar worldwide ban despite being more destructive. Activists wearing masks to look like US President Donald Trump and North Korean Kim Jong-Un recently posed next to a Styrofoam effigy of a nuclear bomb while protesting in front of the Brandenburg Gate near the American Embassy in Berlin, Germany.

"The spectre of nuclear conflict looms large once more", the organization said. "We laid the foundations for ICAN to do its work", Tanaka said.

ICAN has campaigned for a U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted by 122 nations in July this year.

Tsuboi, whose ear is partly missing and his face blotched with burn marks, is co-chair of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, or Hidankyo, and has devoted his life to the fight to eradicate nuclear weapons, stressing that the weapon is designed simply to kill.

More than 70 years since atomic bombs were used on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Nobel committee sought to highlight ICAN's tireless non-proliferation efforts. But while there is no way as of yet to force nuclear powers to disarm, Fihn voiced optimism that the treaty declaring them illegal would help stigmatise them.

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It's an enticing vision - a world free of nukes for the first time in generations.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was agreed on by 122 countries at United Nations headquarters July 7.

In fact, the CBS is against use of all types of nuclear technology, Arup told The Daily Star.

It will be a real boost for ICAN in its work and, hopefully, it will refocus attention on the bad risks posed by nuclear weapons and the very real possibilities of moving forward to a world without them. "If ever there were a moment for nations to declare their unequivocal opposition to nuclear weapons, that moment is now".

As the magazine pointed out, there was deep history behind that decision: Alfred Nobel is said to have endowed the Peace Prize specifically as "penance" for having introduced dynamite into the world; it would thus be "embarrassing" for the prize committee to honor the inventors of something being hailed as "super-dynamite".

The nuclear powers oppose the treaty, which goes well beyond existing nonproliferation agreements, arguing they alone should have the weapons in order to support stability in the world.

A campaign group seeking a global ban on nuclear arms won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, given the award by a Nobel Committee that cited the spread of weapons to North Korea and said the risk was growing of nuclear war.

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.

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