About darned time that the little people stood up to the big guys? :
The Marshall Islands was the site of devastating nuclear tests in the mid-20th century...
THE tiny Marshall Islands is dragging the United States and eight other nuclear-armed countries to the UN's highest court for failing to halt the
nuclear arms race and rid the world of atomic weapons.
Representatives of the Marshall Islands, site of devastating nuclear tests in the mid-20th century, "yesterday filed... separate applications against
nine states," the Hague-based International Court of Justice said in a statement on Friday.
China, North Korea, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, Britain and the United States
are accused of "not fulfilling their obligations
with respect to the cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament." The government based in the Marshall Islands
capital of Majuro said by not stopping the nuclear arms race, the countries continued to breach their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT) -- even if the treaty has not been by signed by some like India and Pakistan.
The Marshall islands also included Israel
, widely believed to be the sole -- if undeclared -- nuclear armed power in the Middle East.
More here : www.news.com.au...
I hope they win this case which is going to be a long drawn out process...
Can you imagine the consequences of what happened because of these tests? :
For 13 years
, the Marshall Islands has patiently waited for the U.S. Congress to reply to a petition seeking more nuclear test compensation.
The lack of a response prompted the now-retired Representative Gary Ackerman from New York City to criticize the U.S. government’s response to its
nuclear legacy in the Marshall Islands, saying: “We’re going to just wait for these people do die, right?”
A key part of the equation, again ignored by U.S. government officialdom, is that all nuclear fallout exposure data was concealed by the United States
during negotiation of the compensation agreement in 1982-1983, so Marshall Islands negotiators had no clue as to the extent of the fallout.
Declassified nuclear test era reports now confirm fallout exposure was far broader than the four atolls acknowledged and compensated by the U.S.
government. Simply put, the U.S. government by concealing this information from Marshall Islanders did not negotiate in good faith and the
compensation deal reflects this fact.
More here : www.islandsbusiness.com...