NEW YORK – The United Nations’ International Court of Justice is Wednesday set to determine whether it would hold a full-scale hearing of Marshall Islands’ cases against India, Pakistan and Britain.
The tiny island nation has accused the three countries of failing to stop mounting their nuclear arsnels, posing a global threat.
In 2014, Marshall Islands initially filed petition against ten states which have nuclear weapons. However, China, France, Israel, North Korea, Russia and the United States do not recognize the jurisdiction of the court and Israel never accepted it owns nukes.
Now, the 16-member bench of the International Court of Justice would announce if a detailed hearing against the remaining three countries could take place or not.
In the petition, the Marshall Islands argued that by not stopping the nuclear arms race Pakistan, India and Britain are breaching their international obligations. It also seeks Pakistan and India to sign the NPT agreement.