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Anti-nuke group awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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OKLAHOMA CITY – With the world seeming to tip-toe ever so close to the abyss of nuclear war, it was heartening for many that The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the Nobel Peace Prize today in Oslo, Norway.

ICAN, the Nobel Committee said, is working hard to “draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Nuclear Notebook, Federation of American Scientists, Defense Intelligence Agency and The Washington Post report that in the world, Russia has the most nuclear warheads, 7,000, followed by the United States with 6,800.

In descending order are France (300); China (260); Britain (215); Pakistan (140); India (130); Israel (80); and North Korea may have between 30 to 60 nuclear warheads.

It was in July that the United Nations put forth The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was approved by 122 UN member nations. None of the nuclear powers signed on, however, mainly claiming that a path of non-proliferation is more prudent than disarmament, considering the “current security environment,” as noted by NATO Secretary Gen. Jens Stoltenberg.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration, with Trump himself making a cryptic statement about the “calm before the storm,” reportedly is looking at decertifying the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal, while North Korea continues to threaten its enemies with nuclear attack.

ICAN, meanwhile, said in a statement that being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in such a fraught environment is “a tribute to the tireless efforts of many millions of campaigners and concerned citizens worldwide who, ever since the dawn of the atomic age, have loudly protested nuclear weapons, insisting that they can serve no legitimate purpose and must be forever banished from the face of the earth.”

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