U.S. President Barack Obama's groundbreaking speech in Prague on 5 April 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama's groundbreaking speech in Prague on 5 April 2009

CTBT in the Limelight at the Carnegie Nonproliferation Conference

The CTBT played a prominent role at the recently concluded Carnegie Conference on Nonproliferation in Washington D.C., United States. Many participants of the conference, whose motto was "The Nuclear Order—Build or Break", acknowleged the role of the CTBT as an important building element of the international non-proliferation and disarmament regime. CTBTO Executive Secretary, Tibor Tóth, was one of the speakers at a panel discussion entitled "The Future of the CTBT".

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Namibia Shows its Strong Support for the CTBT

Eleven Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) participated in a CTBTO International Cooperation workshop in Windhoek, Namibia, on 1 April 2009. The Government of Namibia hosted this workshop and also signed a Facility Agreement covering the two monitoring stations hosted by Namibia: auxiliary seismic station AS67 and infrasound station IS35.

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New CTBTO Spectrum magazine published

CTBTO Spectrum 12 is now online! Academy-Award winning actor and producer and UN Messenger for Peace, Michael Douglas, explains why it is important that the United States ratifies the CTBT. Other prominent contributors include German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre.

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Obama: "...aggressively pursue ratification of the CTBT.”

During a speech on 5 April in Prague, Czech Republic, United States President Barack Obama announced that his administration will increase efforts to promote nuclear proliferation and disarmament.  President Obama made it clear that his administration will “aggressively pursue ratification of the CTBT.”

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Obama Appoints Biden to Lead Efforts for CTBT Ratification

During the 2009 Carnegie Nonproliferation Conference, Deputy Secretary of State, John Steinberg, announced that Vice President Joe Biden will lead U.S. non-proliferation efforts. This includes promoting the ratification of the CTBT in the U.S. Senate.  Biden was one of the main advocates of the CTBT when it was voted on in the US Senate in 1999.

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U.S.-Russia Joint Statement in Support of CTBT

“As a key measure of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, we underscored the importance of the entering into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.” In their joint statement issued on 1 April 2009 at the G20 Summit Meeting in London, United Kingdom, United States President Barack Obama and Russian Federation President, Dmitry Medvedev, underscored their support for the CTBT.

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Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Revisited

Charles Hanley of the Associated Press provides an insight into current CTBT developments and presents statements made by various CTBT experts including physicist Dr. Sydney Drell and CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth. According to Tóth, failure of the United States to ratify the CTBT will lead to a significant increase of the threat of nuclear terrorism. Hanley cites Drell's assessment of why nuclear testing is no longer necessary for the United States to maintain its US nuclear arsenal.

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Renew the Drive for CTBT Ratification

Jofi Joseph, foreign relations advisor for United States Senator Bob Casey, outlines ways in which the CTBT can be promoted in the United States.  Joseph believes that President Obama is in a unique position to promote the CTBT in the United States Senate and revitalize the entire nuclear nonproliferation regime. Joseph also makes it clear that CTBT ratification will serve as a landmark national security accomplishment for the United States.

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Paul Richards on Nuclear Weapons Testing

In this podcast, seismologist Paul Richards of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University speaks about the science behind nuclear explosive test detection.  According to Richards, any test that is of military significance can be detected with current technology. In Richards own words, “the science is ready now to back the CTBT.”

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