Geneva-based ICAN has campaigned actively for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
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The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a group of mostly young activists pushing for a global treaty to ban the cataclysmic bombs.The award of the $1.1 million prize comes amid heightened tensions over both North Korea's aggressive development of nuclear weapons and U.S. President Donald Trump's persistent criticism of the deal to curb Iran's nuclear program.The Geneva-based group has campaigned actively for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July.Nuclear-armed nations, including the United States and Russia, back the United Nation's 1968 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which sets limits on the spread of atomic weapons and has a long-term goal of nuclear disarmament.Last month in Berlin, ICAN protesters teamed up with other organizations to demonstrate outside the U.S. and North Korean embassies against the possibility of nuclear war between the two countries.
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