International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons wins Nobel Peace Prize

Source: USA Today

, USA TODAY

Published 4:16 a.m. ET Oct. 6, 2017 | Updated 8:05 a.m. ET Oct. 6, 2017

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday to an international watchdog that campaigns to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons,” the Nobel committee said in a statement.

The prize was awarded by a committee of five people chosen by Norway’s parliament.

It comes as the United States and North Korea are engaged in a tense standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear program, and as speculation intensifies that President Trump could be preparing to abandon a two-year-old nuclear deal with Iran.

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