The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has commented on today's judgement by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the United Kingdom’s nuclear disarmament obligations. Judges threw out a case brought by the Marshall Islands that said the UK, in failing to get rid of its nuclear weapons, was in breach of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Members of the Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CCND) called yesterday on fifteen London-based embassies to ask what steps their countries are taking towards achieving international nuclear disarmament.
Four bishops will be amongst the protestors at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Aldermaston, Berkshire next week. Hundreds of people of many faiths and of none are preparing to blockade the site on Monday 15 February.
The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, is reported to be considering a proposal to scrap a quarter of the nuclear warheads owned by the British government. The news follows pressure for cuts in the light of similar moves by the USA and Russia.
The US President Barack Obama has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation”. Campaigners welcomed the news but urged Obama to live up to the Prize.
The Prime Minister has today said that he wants to “make the world safer” through new global agreements on nuclear weapons. His critics say this is not consistent with the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system.