NBC News: The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to a group campaigning for nuclear disarmament — a decision that comes amid growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea and as President Donald Trump reportedly considers ending a nucelar deal with Iran.
The Nobel Committee honored the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for drawing attention to "the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons" and for its efforts toward nuclear prohibition.
“I am shaking. What an honour,” ICAN Executive Director Beatrice Fihn said after hearing the news.
Fihn, who is active on social media, called Trump a “moron” in an Oct. 4 tweet, but Nobel Committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said the prize was not intended as an affront to him or any country.
"We are not kicking anybody’s leg with this prize," Reiss-Andersen said. "We are giving great encouragement and want to help ICAN focus on the extremely seriously problem that the world is facing. People of the world don’t want to be defended with nuclear weapons.”