Setsuko Thurlow, who was 13 when the USA bomb devastated her Japanese city during the final weeks of World War II, spoke as a leading activist with the Nobel-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
The destruction of humankind is one "impulsive tantrum away", the Australian-founded victor of the Nobel peace prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, warned overnight on Sunday as the United States and North Korea exchange threats over Pyongyang's nuclear testing regime. He's far from the only one to strongly support the work of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), as thousands of Norwegians also took to the streets to hail ICAN leaders. "But unlike the Cold War, today we face many more nuclear armed states, terrorists and cyber warfare", she said. Differing views among the nuclear weapon states have prevented even the commencement of negotiations on the latter treaty.
ICAN is a coalition of hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). "Rather it's the pride that from knowing that one of us has made a significant contribution to our common human endeavor", he said.
Talking about Trump has occasionally been a challenge for Fihn, who argues that global catastrophe is inevitable as long as any nation keeps nuclear weapons.
- The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) December 10, 2017Fihn said a moment of panic could lead to the "destruction of cities and the deaths of millions of civilians" at the hands of nuclear weapons.
People thought the end of the Cold War meant nuclear weapons were being dealt with, but with Trump and Kim Jong-un and all these instabilities, with nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, Israel with nuclear weapons in the Middle East, the deterioration of relations between Russian Federation and the West - with these and other flashpoints that could erupt, people are saying "the political situations are bad enough, we don't want nuclear weapons in that mix".
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A Norwegian professor is among those who nominated this year's victor of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Al Jazeera: Is there a renewed sense of danger about the use, and potential impacts, of nuclear weapons within the worldwide community?
"I would very strongly urge the leaders (of North Korea and the US) to back down from their very risky rhetoric".
He's been accused of desiring a new nuclear arms race and once told his secretary of state not to waste time negotiating with North Korea, whose leader he dubbed "Little Rocket Man".
ICAN founding chair Dr Tilman Ruff said Australia should follow the lead of other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, such as New Zealand and Indonesia, that have recognised the need to sign and ratify the treaty.
Fihn referred to increasing tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile development.
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