Methodist Church congratulates Nobel Peace Prize victor

Just before the Nobel committee made the announcement in Oslo, US President Donald Trump had threatened not to re-certify the nuclear deal agreed between world powers and Iran.

The hard reality is that it would have no actual effect on the threat of nuclear weapons if Canada did take the dramatic step of breaking with its allies and signing on to the treaty that won ICAN its Nobel Prize.

In fact, it was Baker's work that inspired the American cardiologist Bernard Lown to start a group called International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which was in turned recognized with a Nobel in 1985. "The job isn't done until nuclear weapons are gone", ICAN chief Beatrice Fihn told AFP this week. "She texted through to say, "we won it, but don't tell anyone because it could be a hoax".

In its announcement, the Norwegian Nobel Committee referred to the organization's support for the International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was approved by the United Nations in July.

Over the past year, Bulletin authors have reported on and analyzed the effort toward a nuclear weapons ban from many different ideological and policy directions.

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This is the 98th Peace Prize awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee since its inaugural year of 1901.

"We look forward to Ireland speedily ratifying the treaty, and hope that our politicians and diplomats will use their influence internationally to promote the urgent need for other states to do so also. For the treaty to be further signed and above all ratified", United Nations spokeswoman Alessandra Vellucci told reporters in Geneva, reacting to the honour given to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. But in Moscow, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation, told reporters that "there is no alternative" to nuclear parity to maintain world stability.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has announced that the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons", according to an October 6 press release by the prize committee. "This award doesn't abolish any of the nuclear weapons", he said. Representatives from the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Japan and several other worldwide powers signed the treaty, which proved effective for about a decade before World War II commenced. Since Nagasaki, the list of nations possessing nuclear weapons capability has grown to nine. It originated in Australia and was then launched internationally in Vienna in 2007.

The Nobel prize to International Campaign for Abolition of nuclear weapons-which was imposed on 318 candidates, 103 of m organizations-was among favorites of experts this year.

"This treaty will not make the world more peaceful, would not lead to the destruction of any nuclear weapons and does not enhance the security of any State". "But as long as nuclear weapons exist, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will remain a nuclear alliance".

Non-proliferation experts did not expect the award to have an immediate impact on the behavior of the world's nuclear powers, but they said it sends a powerful message to policymakers and the public.

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