Japanese A-bomb survivors hail ICAN Nobel Peace Prize win

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This is Helfand's second brush with the prestigious honor; he is co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. 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 United States #president donald trump.

The prize announcement in the Norwegian capital, culminated a week in which Nobel laureates have been named in medicine, physics, chemistry and literature.

"This is a good opportunity to wake up to the importance of the nuclear weapons ban treaty", Miyake said.

Around 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons are held by the United States and Russian Federation, with the remainder in the hands of another seven countries including North Korea who form a small global nuclear club.

The United States, which with Russian Federation has the biggest stockpile of nuclear weapons, had said that the treaty would do nothing to alleviate the possibility of nuclear conflict and might even increase it.

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

Speaking at a press conference in Geneva on Friday, ICAN's Secretary General Beatrice Fihn said President Trump's movements over North Korea and Iran showed the clear danger posed by nuclear arms.

With regard to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the Japanese government has said: "The goal, which is the abolition of nuclear weapons, is the same". Under the accord, Iran pledged never to "seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons" and said it was pursuing an "exclusively peaceful" nuclear energy program.

Signatories to the nuclear prohibition treaty would be banned from developing, testing and possessing nuclear weapons, as well as threatening to use them.

The survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, however, congratulated ICAN.

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And it is precisely because this text carried by the ICAN is not supported by any country with the atomic bomb, that the United States refuse to sign, arguing that it " ignores the security challenges present making the nuclear deterrent is necessary ".

A statement from his spokesman's office noted that "nuclear anxieties are at the highest level since the Cold War" and stressed "the urgency to do all we can to end the threat of a nuclear nightmare". His grandfather, Jacob Beser, was the only man in the world to fly on both planes that dropped nuclear bombs on Japan. The agreement was meant to block Tehran's ability to acquire nuclear weapons, and Trump's European allies fear that decertifying the deal would remove those impediments.

Trump is planning to decertify the deal, officials told AFP, potentially paving the way for renewed sanctions on Tehran. France conducted 193 tests between 1966 and 1996.

"It is a great honour to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 in recognition of our role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons".

Pointing to the current nuclear standoff between Washington and Pyongyang as "a wake-up call", she insisted on the urgent need to disarm the world's 15,000 or so nuclear weapons.

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But Russia, which according to some counts has the world s largest atomic stockpile, said there was no alternative to "nuclear parity" in guaranteeing world peace. More than 300 people and organisations were thought to have been nominated for this year's Peace Prize, including the UN's refugee agency UNHCR, Syria's White Helmets rescue service and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege.

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