ICAN: Rather than Reducing Risk of War, Trump Threatens Conflict

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the organization that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, has said that Us President Donald Trump is “igniting new conflict rather than reducing the risk of nuclear war” after the President threatened to withhold certification of the Iran nuclear deal if Congress and US allies do not agree to strengthen it. The 2017 Nobel Peace Laureate, strongly criticized Trump’s position, according to the French daily newspaper L’Humanite.

Speaking out against the position of the US president, Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of ICAN, said Trump’s stand was a reminder of the huge nuclear danger the world faces. “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a demonstration of how well diplomacy can work, and like the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, it reflects the urgent global imperative to eliminate nuclear weapons and the grave threat they pose,” Fihn said.

“President Trump’s attempt to disrupt the Iran deal, despite the fact that the IAEA has repeatedly certified that Iran is complying with its terms, is a jarring reminder of the immense nuclear danger now facing the world and the urgent need for all states to prohibit and eliminate these weapons.”

“If ever there were a moment for nations to declare their unequivocal opposition to nuclear weapons that moment is now. There is an urgent need to strengthen existing and develop new norms against the use and possession of nuclear weapons by joining the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,” she added.

Related: ICAN statement on position of US President Donald Trump