Nobel Prize a message to Trump

Activists were holding a four-day hunger strike calling for France to sign the ICAN-supported treaty to ban nuclear

INSIDE STORY: Will the USA pull out of the Iran nuclear deal? 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.

In announcing the award, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, said the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons was performing vital work.

Spending on nuclear weapons across the nine states that have them exceeds $105 billion a year - money that ICAN says would be better far spent on healthcare, education and disaster relief.

Since the launch of ICAN in 2007, SGI has been proud to work as one of the movement's global partners toward the realization of a world free from nuclear weapons.

"Today's announcement does not change the U.S. position on the treaty: the United States does not support and will not sign the 'Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, '" a State Department spokesman told AFP.

The award, he added, could create a "new stigma" around nuclear arms, similar to the stigma attached to biological and chemical weapons.

Jens Stoltenberg, secretary-general of NATO, who has strongly criticized the nuclear weapons treaty, said in a statement quoted by news agencies that he welcomed "the attention given to the issue" of nuclear weapons by the Nobel committee's choice, but he reiterated his view that the treaty had put years of nonproliferation efforts at risk.

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He said that "as long as I live, I hope to work toward a realization of a world without nuclear weapons with ICAN and many other people".

Other signatories of the treaty - there are 191 in total - also agreed not to pursue a nuclear weapons programme. At the time, he was interviewing survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while writing a book called, "The Nuclear Family".

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 ".

The award comes at a time when the threat of nuclear war is the highest it has been for decades. However that's not stopping his continual fight for a nuclear-free world.

Trump is planning to decertify the deal, officials told AFP, potentially paving the way for renewed sanctions on Tehran. He is due to report to Congress by October 15 on whether Iran is still complying with the deal and whether it remains in United States interests to stick by it. Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, which has test-fired two missiles over Japan and conducted a string of apparent underground nuclear tests this year, have raised the risk of a nuclear confrontation to its highest level in decades.

"This is a time of great global tension, when fiery rhetoric could all too easily lead us, inexorably, to unspeakable horror", ICAN said on Friday.

The award to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was unexpected, particularly in a year when the architects of the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran had been seen as favourites for achieving the sort of diplomatic breakthrough that has won the prize in the past.

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