[00:00.00]A group seeking an international ban on nuclear weapons has won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
[00:12.53]The Norwegian Nobel Committee is giving the prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN.
[00:26.31]The head of the committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, made the announcement on Friday.
[00:35.04]She said, "We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time."
[00:47.31]The Nobel committee said ICAN won for its work to bring attention to the catastrophic humanitarian effects of any use of nuclear weapons.
[01:03.31]The statement also praised the group for “its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons."
[01:15.23]ICAN describes itself as a coalition of non-government groups in more than 100 countries.
[01:26.18]It began in Australia and was officially launched in Vienna in 2007.
[01:35.52]ICAN’s main goal is to support enactment of a United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons.
[01:47.08]The treaty was approved in New York on July 7, 2017.
[01:54.89]The agreement, however, did not include nuclear powers, such as Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.
[02:08.69]The peace prize announcement comes as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened Iran and North Korea over their nuclear activities.
[02:23.04]President Trump told the U.N. General Assembly last month that he may be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea because of its nuclear program.
[02:38.67]U.S. officials now say Trump is likely to decertify the international nuclear agreement with Iran.
[02:51.57]He has called the agreement the "worst deal ever negotiated."
[02:59.32]The president is expected to announce his plans in a speech next week.
[03:08.70]The officials expect him to say the deal is not in the U.S. national interest.
[03:18.63]This would not cancel the 2015 agreement, but instead return it to Congress.
[03:29.11]Lawmakers would then have 60 days to decide whether to re-establish sanctions that were suspended under the agreement.
[03:41.46]A decertification could possibly lead to talks on renegotiating the deal, although Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that is not under consideration.
[04:00.57]I’m Caty Weaver.