6 Feb 2015

Marshalls loses nuke disarmament legal bid

3:24 pm on 6 February 2015

A Marshall Islands nuclear disarmament lawsuit against the United States has been dismissed by a US federal court.

San Francisco-based Judge Jeffrey White said the court had no standing to judge the effectiveness of negotiations to bring about cessation of the nuclear arms race.

The Marshall Islands said the lack of disarmament action by the US has left the small Pacific Island nation exposed to the dangers of existing nuclear arsenals and the real probability that additional states will develop nuclear arms.

With the dismissal of the US lawsuit three similar Marshall Islands cases are left pending against England, Pakistan and India at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

The Marshall Islands was the ground zero for 67 U.S. nuclear weapons tests from 1946 to 1958.