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Anti–nuclear weapons group wins Nobel Peace Prize

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/06/17, 10:48 am

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The group of mostly young activists works toward adoption of a global treaty to ban nuclear bombs. Oeivind Stenersen, a historian of the peace prize, said the Nobel committee wanted “to send a signal to North Korea and the U.S. that they need to go into negotiations. … The prize is also coded support to the Iran nuclear deal.” President Donald Trump has until Oct. 15 to report to Congress whether he thinks Iran is complying with the nuclear deal put in place by the Obama administration. Many journalists have speculated Trump will recommend against continuing the agreement. The Geneva-based ICAN has campaigned actively for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted by the United Nations in July, which needs ratification from 50 countries. Only three countries—Guyana, Thailand, and Vatican City—have ratified it so far.


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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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