Tiny Pacific nation sues Israel, others over nukes

A US nuclear bomb test at the Marshall Islands, 1954.

NEW YORK (AP) — The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States, Israel and the world’s seven other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of “flagrant violations” of international law.

The island group that was used for dozens of US nuclear tests after World War II filed suit Thursday against each of the nine countries in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands.

It also filed a federal lawsuit against the United States in San Francisco, naming President Barack Obama, the departments and secretaries of defense and energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration.