FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2013 file photo, a horse-drawn carriage stands in front of the Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
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The island group that was used for dozens of U.S. nuclear tests after World War II was filing suit Thursday against each of the nine countries in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands.The last four are not parties to the 1968 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, but the lawsuits argue they are bound by its provisions under "customary international law".The Marshall Islands were the site of 67 nuclear tests by the United States over a 12-year period, with lasting health and environmental impacts.The court has seen cases on nuclear weapons before.The idea to challenge the nine nuclear-armed powers came out of a lunch meeting in late 2012 after the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation gave the Marshall Islands foreign minister a leadership award, Krieger said.Frustration with the nuclear-armed states has grown in recent years as action toward disarmament appeared to stall, Burroughs and Krieger said.The Marshall Islands foreign minister has approached other countries about filing suit as well, Krieger said.
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