Iceland should join anti-nuclear campaign

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings killed over 200,000.

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings killed over 200,000. Photo: AFP/Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

MPs from Iceland’s four opposition parties are behind a draft parliamentary resolution for Iceland to sign up to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

“By ratifying this statement, Iceland will be aligning itself with those countries which have pledged to support nuclear disarmament and sending a message to nuclear powers to meet their obligations,” the text reads.

“Fortunately, nuclear weapons have not been used for military purposes [since Nagasaki and Hiroshima, August 1945], but the nuclear threat is far from over. Nine countries now possess a total of just under 16,000 nuclear bombs. There are now fewer bombs than at the height of the Cold War, but still enough to destroy all life on earth several times over.”

The full text of the draft parliamentary resolution (in Icelandic) can be found here.

Stein­unn Þóra Árna­dótt­ir MP is the main voice behind the ...

Stein­unn Þóra Árna­dótt­ir MP is the main voice behind the proposal. Photo: Ó​mar Óskars­son

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