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ICJ rejects Marshall Islands suit against India on nuclear disarmament

NEW DELHI(REUTERS): The International Court of Justice on Wednesday rejected a suit filed by the tiny Marshall Islands against the world’s nuclear powers that sought to force them to do more to disarm.

In its ruling in the country’s case against India, the first to be decided, the court said it had accepted Indian arguments that the ICJ, also known as the World Court, should not have jurisdiction in the case.

The Marshall Islands, population 53,000, whose territory was used for dozens of atomic-bomb tests by the United States after World War Two, had argued that nuclear powers weren’t doing enough to adhere to the 1970 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

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