The archipelago situated over 8000 miles away from Britain, is currently in the process of trying to persuade the UN's highest court to pursue a case against a number of nuclear heavyweights over alleged breaches of the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), officially coming into effect in 1970.

Seeking action from the international court of justice, the Marshalls accuse the three nations of "not fulfilling their obligations with respect to the cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament."

After condemning the countries of failing to stop the nuclear arms race, the Marshallese government, based in the capital of Majuro decided to take their objections a step further and sought legal action. 

Initially filing action in 2014, the Marshall Islands accused a grand total of nine countries of breaching their obligations under the NPT - even though the treaty has not been signed by countries such as India and Pakistan. These countries included China, Britain, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia and the United States. 

However, the court decided to only admit three cases brought against Britain, India and Pakistan, as they already recognised the ICJ's authority. A point that seems particularly unfair considering that there are others on that list whom are just as bad, if not worse, than the three being pursued, when it comes to nuclear expansion. 

In the cases sought against India and Pakistan, a decision will have to made as to whether a tribunal based in The Hague represents a competent setting. The hearing involving Britain, will find it's initial stages unsurprisingly devoted to the "preliminary objections" raised by London. Considering the inconsistent manner in which action is being sought, these "objections" would seem largely justified.

The Marshall Islands had decided to sue the world’s nuclear players as “it has a particular awareness of the dire consequences of nuclear weapons”, it said.

Having suffered significantly as a result of prolonged nuclear tests being conducted by the United States within their lands between 1946 and 1958, such sensitivity to this topic is arguably understandable from the tiny nation, who are now seemingly intent on making the world's biggest powers sit up and listen. 

A decision is set to be made at a later date as to whether the claims brought forward can proceed.