Tsunami warning arrangement between Japan and the CTBTO

Signing of tsunami warning arrangement between Japan and the CTBTO

A tsunami warning arrangement has been signed between the Government of Japan and the CTBTO. This is the first fully executed arrangement related to tsunami warning to be signed by the CTBTO.

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Final preparation for largest-ever on-site inspection exercise: Press briefing on 20 August 2008

The CTBTO is in the final run-up for the largest ever inspection exercise in September 2008. The first of over 40 inspectors and 40 tonnes of equipment are being sent to the testing area in Kazakhstan.

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Build-up of International Monitoring System progressing

As the build-up of the International Monitoring System progresses, the verification capabilities of the CTBTO become ever more refined. As of 15 August 2008, 230, or 68%, of the total number of 337 foreseen monitoring facilities have been certified and are sending data to the CTBTO’s International Data Centre. Another 36 facilities are complete and awaiting certification while 33 more are under construction.

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The Operations and Maintenance Workshop 2004 held in Baden, Austria.

Thousands of experts worldwide working together to enhance test-ban verification

Figuring less prominently in the public perception of CTBTO than the network of monitoring stations but equally unique, is the worldwide network of dedicated experts working behind the scenes. As of August 2008, the number of users receiving all CTBTO measuring data crossed the threshold of 1000.

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki peace declarations 2008

On the 63rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both cities have issued peace declarations calling on all nations, and particularly the nuclear powers, to honour their commitments as signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to abolish nuclear weapons. One of the points of their appeal is the ratification of the CTBT.

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Both candidates must consider ratifying CTBT

Author and historian William Lamber calls for both U.S. presidential candidates to consider ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty to avoid Cold War déja-vus and advance towards universal nuclear disarmament.

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Big promises by Barack Obama in Berlin

Steven Crandell, Director of Public Affairs for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, notes that whether U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama’s words develop into actions or remain campaign rhetoric, might make the difference between a future free of nuclear arms races and a return to the Cold War era. As one of the steps for the United States to take, he calls for ratification of the CTBT.

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Krepon calls Indo-US nuclear deal 'bad' for global nukes restraint

Micheal Krepon, a co-founder of the Stimson Centre and a South Asia expert, has said that the Indo-US civil nuclear deal is bad for global nuclear restraint by fulfilling India’s demand for a nuclear fuel bank, the IAEA’s Board of Governors will enable the resumption of nuclear testing, first by India and then by Pakistan.

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N-deal critics ask NSG to reject US proposal

As Arun Kumar writes, the Washington based Arms Control Association (ACA) calls upon the NSG to make a possible exception for India from the NSG guidelines only on the condition that, inter alia, India transforms “its nuclear test moratorium pledge into a legally binding pledge, perhaps by signing the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty."

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Smaller NSG nations for changes in N-deal?

Indrani Bagchi writes in the Times of India that some NSG nations wish to include elements in a NSG decision that, inter alia, call upon India to accede to the CTBT.

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