The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a group campaigning for nuclear disarmament — a decision that comes amid growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea and as President Donald Trump reportedly considers ending a nuclear deal with Iran.
The Nobel Committee honoured the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for drawing attention to “the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons” and for its efforts toward nuclear prohibition.
ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations from around 100 different countries around the globe.
The Nobel committee said ICAN has given the movement toward the world without nuclear weapons a new direction and new vigour.
The Nobel committee emphasized that the next steps towards attaining a world free of nuclear weapons must involve the nuclear-armed states and is calling upon these states to initiate negotiations to the gradual elimination of the world’s 15,000 nuclear weapons.
Trump is reportedly expected to announce that he will decertify the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which he has previously called “an embarrassment to the United States.” And the escalating war of words between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un has cast new fears of a possible nuclear conflict.