NGO coalition warns nuclear annihilation is ‘one tantrum away’


Leader of the Nobel committee Berit Reiss-Andersen (left) presents the award to Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow and Beatrice Fihn (right), leader of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in Oslo. (Berit Roald/AP)
Doesn’t take a genius to figure out who they’re referring to.

The world faces a “nuclear crisis” from a “bruised ego”, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has warned the world in an acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday.

ICAN, an anti-nuclear coalition of non-governmental organisations that works against nuclear disarmament.

Speaking at the ceremony in Oslo, Norway, ICAN’s executive director Beatrice Fihn said that a “moment of panic” could lead to the “destruction of cities and the deaths of millions of civilians.”

The risk of such weapons being used, Fihn added, was “greater today than during the Cold War”.

“The only rational course of action is to cease living under the conditions where our mutual destruction is only one impulsive tantrum away,” Fihn said. “[Nuclear weapons] are a madman’s gun held permanently to our temple.”

Before the Nobel committee presented the prize on Sunday, chairman Berit Reiss-Andersen similarly warned that “irresponsible leaders can come to power in any nuclear state”.

Beatrice Fihn speaks with Hiroshima bombing survivor Setsuko Thurlow (Getty Images)

“Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?” Fihn asked on behalf of ICAN during the speech.

Tensions over North Korea’s weapons programme have risen in recent months, with open hostility between US President Trump and the North Korean leadership under Kim Jong-un, as well as a number of military operations showcasing each countries’ respective nuclear prowess.

The only kind of hope that remains is the knowledge that anyone who even considers using nuclear weapons knows that it’s the end. There’s no going back.

 

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