Nobel Peace Prize Winner Reminds That Nuclear War Is One ‘Tantrum Away’

Total nuclear destruction is “only one impulsive outburst away, ” this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner told while accepting the award for an international anti-nuclear weapons campaign.

“The threat is real. We have avoided nuclear campaign not through prudent leadership but good fortune. Sooner or afterward, if we fail to act, our fluke will run out, ” Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons( ICAN ), said during a ceremony in Oslo on Sunday .

“The risk for nuclear weapon use is even greater today than at the end of the Cold War. But unlike the Cold War, today we face many more nuclear-armed commonwealths, terrorists and cyber war, ” she said. “A moment of anxiety or carelessness, a misconstrued explain or bruised ego, could easily result us unavoidably to the ruin of whole cities.”

ICAN has since its 2007 establishment worked to draw attention to the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons and promote a treaty-based prohibition of them, according to the Nobel Prize’s website.

Norsk Telegrambyra AS/ Reuters Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Atomic weapon, cuddles Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow( centre) during the course of its Nobel Peace Prize’s award ceremony on Sunday. Berit Reiss-Andersen, leader of the Nobel Committee, stands to the left.

During a news conference on Saturday about ICAN’s work, Fihn included mention of North Korean president Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump, who in recent months have engaged in mutual verbal menaces and name calling over Pyonyang’s nuclear weapon program.

“These artilleries do not acquire us safe, they are not a discouraging, they were stimulus other states to pursue their own atomic weapon, ” Fihn said, according to The Associated Press. “If you are not cozy with Kim Jong-un having nuclear weapon, then you are not cozy with nuclear weapon. If you’re not comfortable with Donald Trump having atomic weapon, then you are not comfy with nuclear weapons.”

On Sunday, Fihn accepted the prestigious gift alongside atomic bomb survivor Setsuko Thurlow, who recalled clambering out of rubble toward the sunlight after the U.S. declined an atomic bomb on her municipality of Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.

Thurlow, while recalling that life or death moment at persons below the age of 13, pushed countries to sign the international Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

“Our light now is the ban agreement, ” Thurlow said, according to the AP.“I repeat those statements that I listened called to me in the spoils of Hiroshima:’ Don’t give up. Keep pushing. See the illuminate? Crawl toward it.’”

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In a speech on Sunday, Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, stressed that the atomic weapon that instant killed at least 140,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki — and later many more by radiation — are not as damaging as the ones we have today.

“A nuclear crusade could kill millions of people, dramatically reform the climate and the environmental issues for much of the planet, and destabilize cultures in a manner that is never before insured by humanity. The thought of a limited nuclear crusade is an apparition, ” she said.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been signed by 56 countries , none of which have atomic weapon. It has been ratified by precisely three. In guild for it to become a binding agreement, it needs ratification by 50 countries, Reiss-Andersen said.

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