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Anti-nuclear weapons group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Dr. Ira Helfand speaks earlier this year at a rally in Springfield. Helfand is a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons which received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, negotiated earlier this year, opened for signature at the United Nations last month.

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 worldwide security", and " reduce nuclear risks across the globe", has, however, to know what spokesman of the State department.

"Our colleague in Geneva wasn't sure if it was a genuine call or not", said Mr Wright from his office at Victorian Trades Hall on Saturday. "Before it is too late, we must take that path".

"It was really hard to believe it at first, so we were a little anxious it was a prank", she said.

Ten minutes later, the announcement came through on the webcast. It also still needs to be ratified before entering into force. It was launched internationally in Vienna in 2007.

They are a coalition of non-governmental organisations spanning one hundred countries. But while it may not have a lot of resources at its disposal, ICAN does have numerous world's famous and powerful championing its cause.

ICAN founder Tilman Ruff AM said everyone should be concerned about the United States and North Korea's access to nuclear power.

"It's a tribute not just to our work over the past decade, but to the work of activists around the world in previous decades".

"An important argument in the rationale for prohibiting nuclear weapons is the unacceptable human suffering that nuclear weapons will cause".

Beatrice Fihn said in an interview that the prize is sending a very strong message.

It was a key player in the adoption of a historic nuclear weapons ban treaty, signed by 122 countries at the United Nations in July.

ICAN said it was a shame the Australian Government had not signed the treaty banning nuclear weapons that led to its award.

I guess it's testament to how a small group of people can have a big impact on the world stage.

Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney said Ican were "deserving recipients". The Iran accord, which Trump has repeatedly called "the worst deal ever negotiated", is seen as under particular threat this week.

The campaign group seeking a global ban on nuclear arms was given the award by a Nobel Committee that cited the spread of weapons to North Korea and said the risk was growing of nuclear war. 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.

In face of questions of journalists present in Oslo, he emphasized that this award "is not controversial", nor is it directed especially to American president, Donald Trump, who is preparing to renegotiate Nuclear agreement with Iran and maintains a pulse with leader North Korean, Kim Jong-un. The Nobel Committee has given out more than 30 prizes honoring various research that enhances the study of nuclear activity, dating all the way back to 1903. "Nuclear weapons are illegal", she said.

But as the science and implications of nuclear weapons started to be better understood - nearly immediately from the time they were first used - efforts to regulate the use of them increased, and so did the Nobel Prizes on the other side.