Aussie Nobel Peace Prize winners chuffed

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"As long as other countries have nuclear weapons, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation must have it", Brende said. What follows is a sample of that coverage, for readers who want a deeper understanding of why the Nobel committee thought ICAN's work toward a nuclear weapons ban treaty "ground-breaking". "This award doesn't abolish any of the nuclear weapons", he said.

It's not the first time Fihn has been critical of Trump, just two days before being named for the prize, she tweeted out "Donald Trump is a moron".

But, she said, "we do not have to accept" the risk of nuclear war.

The U.S., Britain and France said the prohibition wouldn't work and would end up disarming their nations.

"People are anxious. They correctly feel closer to nuclear war than at any time in decades", said Joseph Cirincione, president of the San Francisco-based Ploughshares Fund, which has provided support to ICAN in the past.

ICAN describes itself as a coalition of non-government organisations in more than 100 countries. A year later, ICAN was formed in Australia, and its global campaign was officially launched in Vienna, Austria. "Some states are modernising their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea".

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

The worldwide agreement that her group pushed for, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, known simply as the Mine Ban Treaty, has been signed by more than three-fourths of all countries around the world.

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What does this winning this Nobel Peace Prize mean for the work that you do? Australia also did not sign the treaty.

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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.

"That threat is as great - perhaps greater - today than ever before". A senior administration official said on Thursday Trump is expected to "decertify" the pact, a step which could allow Congress to restore sanctions on Iran. 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.

The announcement was made on Friday from Oslo, Norway by the president of the Nobel committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen.

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.

NATO, which has three of the world s nuclear powers in its ranks and which opposed the weapons ban treaty, welcomed "the attention given to the issue" by ICAN s win.

The United States " remains committed to fulfilling their obligations in the framework of the Treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons ", signed by most of the great powers, "and to work with all countries to enhance global security", and " reduce nuclear risks across the globe", has, however, to know what spokesman of the State department.

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