“The court upholds the objection to jurisdiction raised by India… and finds that it cannot proceed to the merits of the case,” judge Ronny Abraham told the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
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Initially the lawsuit also included China, France, Israel, North Korea, Russia and the United States , none of which recognised the ICJ’s jurisdiction on the matter.
Marshall Islands was a US protectorate until 1986. It was the site of 67 nuclear tests between 1946-58, the health impacts of which linger to this day.
The Marshall Islands claimed that not stopping the nuclear arms race Britain, India and Pakistan continued to breach their obligations under the treaty.
India’s delegation with Ambassador J.S. Mukul, left, Kajal Bat, the embassy’s first secretary, center, and Asha Antony, the embassy’s second secretary, right, wait for the start of the World court session in The Hague, Netherlands. indianexpress
The treaty commits all nuclear weapon states “to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament.”