Australia and the CTBTO to work together to win support for the Treaty

CTBTO contributes to tsunami warning following the earthquake in Chile

An 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Chile on Saturday, 27 February 2010.

Monitoring stations belonging to the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) contributed to the rapid alerts issued by tsunami warning centres in the Pacific region following the devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile early on Saturday morning (27 February). “In this time of sorrow, it is at the same time important that we at the CTBTO can do our share and contribute to disaster mitigation and save lives,” Tibor Tóth, the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, said in a comment.

 

Read the Press Release here.

 

Stephen Smith, Australia’s Foreign Minister, meets Tibor Tóth, CTBTO Executive Secretary, on 17 February 2010 in Vienna.

Australia and the CTBTO to work together to win support for the Treaty

“One of the conversations that we had is how Australia can persistently encourage other nations in our region and in the Asia Pacific to sign up to the Treaty and to ratify it,” said Stephen Smith, Foreign Minister of Australia, at a press conference after a meeting with Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO.

 

Read the highlight here.

From left to right, Mr. Tibor Tóth, CTBTO Executive Secretary, Mr. Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan, Mongolia's ambassador, Mr. Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General, and Mr. John Sandage, Deputy Director UNODC.

Diplomats consider 2010 a crucial year for the non-proliferation regime

At a Mongolian organized roundtable discussion on “Reinforcing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT): Challenges and Opportunities,” Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan, Mongolia’s Permanent Representative in Vienna, said that  “the current global political climate provides an opportunity for a successful NPT Review Conference”. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, will soon host a CTBTO two-day regional workshop. “The workshop will provide a timely opportunity to engage States in the region on the importance of further steps to advance the Treaty,” said Annika Thunborg, the CTBTO’s Chief of Public Information.

 

Read the highlight here.

CTBTO launches Newsroom for Journalists

“The newsroom allows us to make information more readily available to journalists” said Annika Thunborg, spokesperson for the CTBTO. “We will now be able, for example, to upload information of interest to journalists directly from the hallway of a conference,” she said. “We invite journalists to check it out and we’d be delighted to hear their views about whether it assists them.”

 

Find the Newsroom here and read the Press Release here.

Joe Biden: Obama to Seek CTBT Ratification

“The test ban treaty is as important as ever,” said U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden. "A decade ago, we led this effort to negotiate this treaty in order to keep emerging nuclear states from perfecting their arsenals and to prevent our rivals from pursuing ever more advanced weapons," he said. "We are confident that all reasonable concerns raised about the treaty back then – concerns about verification and the reliability of our own arsenal - have now been addressed."

 
Read more here and watch the video here.

Ellen Tauscher: Obama To Seek Senate Ratification For CTBT

"By smartly managing our nuclear stockpile, we can move forward on other parts of the President's nuclear agenda. We can seek Senate ratification of CTBT", said Ellen Tauscher, U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control. "We simply don't need to test to maintain our deterrent" concluded Tauscher.


Read more here.

McCain could help Obama reduce nuclear threat

"We hope that McCain will ultimately decide to support Senate ratification both of the strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia and of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty," write Bishop Minerva Carcano, Reverend Gerald Kicanas, and Reverend John Dorhauer.

 

Read more here.

Support for the CTBT Increases

United States Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. from Pennsylvania.

"The Administration's 2011 budget request also bolsters the case for the eventual ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty,” said Bob Casey, a Democratic Senator from Pennsylvania, following up on U.S. Vice President Biden’s speech at the National Defense University. Democratic Senators Ted Kaufman (D-DE) and Al Franken (D-MN) released media advisories in support of Biden's remarks. State Senator Beth Edmonds penned an op-ed calling for ratification of the CTBT.

 

Read Senator Casey's floor speech here, Senator Franken and Senator Kaufman's press releases here and here, and Senator Edmonds' op-ed here.

 

Australia and Japan urge States to ratify CTBT

Joint Press Conference with Ministers Smith and Okada, Perth, Australia.

"The Ministers confirmed that Japan and Australia will continue to urge states which have not yet signed and ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to do so with a view to its early entry into force," noted the Joint Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Katsuya Okada, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Mr Stephen Smith.

 

Read the entire statement here.

Russian official urges the United States to ratify CTBT

“The current voluntary moratoria on nuclear testing, as important as they are, cannot replace legally binding agreements,” said Oleg Rojkov, deputy director in the department for security and disarmament in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “If we delay any further the entry into force of the CTBT, we endanger nuclear disarmament and the entire non-proliferation regime,” he said, qualifying the current situation as “scandalous” and urging the United States and the other holdout States to ratify the CTBT.

 

Read the Russian reporting here and French here.

The Arms Control Association launches the "Project for the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty"

"With our Project for the CTBT, we encourage President Obama to provide the leadership needed to advance the CTBT and we urge the Senate to take another look at the technical advances in stockpile stewardship and nuclear test monitoring and verification that make the CTBT overwhelmingly in the U.S. national security interest," said Daryl G. Kimball, Arms Controll Association's executive director and Project for the CTBT coordinator. "It is in U.S. national security interests to prevent others from conducting nuclear tests, which could allow them to prove new and advanced nuclear warhead designs".

 

Visit the project's homepage here.

 

"Now More Than Ever: The Case for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty"

"Nuclear testing is a dangerous and unnecessary vestige of the Cold War that the United States rejected almost 20 years ago. There is no military justification for resuming U.S. testing, and the United States does not need nuclear testing to maintain the effectiveness and reliability of its nuclear deterrent," argue Tom Collina and Daryl Kimball in the Arms Control Association's CTBT Briefing Book.

 

Find the report here.

From left to right: Jofi Joseph, Lee Sigal, Tibor Tóth, Sergio Duarte, Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, and Christopher Chyba.

Report of Pugwash Consultations on CTBT Entry into Force

The Nobel Peace Price winning Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs released the "Report of Consultations on CTBT Entry into Force". Designed "to explore the security concerns and political obstacles to Entry Into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)," the report states that "participants reaffirmed the value of the CTBT" and "there is some hope that we are now moving toward achieving some of the CTBT’s central goals."

 

Read the full Report here.