4 May 2015

Excerpts of statements referring to the Comprehensive-Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and/or nuclear testing (Main Committee I):


Costa Rica - Maritza Chan, Minister Counselor, Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations: "Over the years, there have been proposals and suggested steps to make progress on nuclear disarmament. We have banned nuclear testing, though the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) still has not entered into force."
(full statement)


Latvia - n.n.: "This includes but is not exhausted by promoting the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, overcoming the prolonged stalemate in the Conference on Disarmament and commencing the negotiations on a Treaty Banning Production of Fissile Material."
(full statement)


Philippines - n.n.: "The Philippines will continue to push for such a [nuclear weapons] Convention while at the same time stressing the urgent need for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test ban Treaty (CTBT) to enter into force and for negotiations on a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) to start."
(full statement)


Italy - Vinicio Mati, Permament Representative of Italy to the Conference on Disarmament: "Italy supports the prompt entry into force of the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty that would strengthen the international non-proliferation regime and significantly contribute to the goal of a world without nuclear weapons. Pending this event, we support a comprehensive moratorium on nuclear weapons tests."
(full statement)


Norway - Sten Arne Rosnes, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "The historical experience from the use and testing of nuclear weapons has demonstrated their devastating immediate and long term affects. While political circumstances have changed, the destructive power of nuclear weapons remains."
(full statement)


Austria - n.n.: "The catastrophic effects of a nuclear weapon detonation, whether by accident or miscalculation or design, cannot be adequately addressed."
(full statement)


Republic of Korea - Young-jip Ahn, Head of delegation to the Conference on Disarmament: "The early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is imperative in order to strengthen the international nuclear non-proliferation regime. We call upon those states that have not yet ratified this Treaty, in particular, the remaining eight Annex II states, to do so without any further delay. As a part of our contribution to the CTBT Article XIV process, the Republic of Korea would like to announce that it will be hosting the CTBT Group of Eminent Persons’ (GEM) meeting to facilitate the early entry into force of the Treaty. The Group of Eminent Persons’ meeting will take place in Seoul between 25 and 26 of June this year."
(full statement)


Canada - n.n.: "Another important element to achieve the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons is a fully in force Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. Canada continues to play an active role in encouraging further signatures and ratification of the Treaty with a view to achieving its entry into force as well as its universality. We were pleased to co-host the September 2014 CTBT Ministerial Meeting, which produced a Joint Ministerial Statement that was endorsed by a record 105 states. We call on NPT States Parties that have yet to do so to sign and ratify the CTBT as soon as possible and without condition. While the international community awaits the final eight ratifications needed to achieve entry into force, Canada also calls on all NPT States Parties to work with the CTBT Organization in Vienna to complete its robust verification system. This includes completing all stations to be a part of the International Monitoring System and contributing to the development of the Organization’s on-site inspection capabilities. Canadian experts were pleased to participate in the Integrated Field Exercise in Jordan last November, particularly to monitor the use of airborne radiation detection equipment contributed by Canada in September 2013."
(full statement)


Finland - Klaus Korhonen, Ambassador for Arms Control, Head of Delegation: "As one of the "Friends of the CTBT" Finland underlines the urgency of the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty."
(full statement)


Switzerland - Urs Schmid, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament: "It has not been possible to commence negotiations on a treaty prohibiting the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons. Also, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty has still not entered into force and there has been no progress regarding legally-binding negative security assurances or other legally binding disarmament instruments."
(full statement)


Mexico - n.n.: "Mexico strongly condemns nuclear testing by any actor and under any circumstances. In this regard, Mexico is an active promoter of the entry into force of the CTBT, as part of the 13 practical steps. In this regard, my country calls upon Annex II countries, whose ratification is essential for the entry into force of this Treaty to do so as soon as possible. We also encourage them not conduct nuclear tests and refrain from acts that would go against the object and purpose of the Treaty. Mexico recognizes the effectiveness of the Verification and Monitoring System established by the CTBT, which makes the detection of nuclear explosive tests related activities possible."
(full statement)


European Union - Gyӧrgyi Martin Zanathy, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the International Organizations in Vienna: "The EU has repeatedly condemned in the strongest terms all DPRK nuclear tests and satellite launches using ballistic missile technology in blatant violation of its international obligations under UN Security Council Resolutions 1718, 1874, 2087 and 2094.
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Further, the EU urges the DPRK to return to the NPT and IAEA Safeguards at an early date and to sign and ratify the CTBT."
(full statement)


Germany - Michael Biontino, Permanent Representative of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament: "North Korea must refrain from further nuclear testing, immediately cease all nuclear activities and launches using ballistic missile technology, and abandon all nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner as required by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.”
(full statement)


Australia
- Darren Hansen, First Secretary, Australian Mission to the United Nations: "In this regard, Australia remains deeply concerned by the actions of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) which, alone among nations in the twenty-first century, maintains an active nuclear explosive testing program, challenging the non-proliferation regime and contravening the international norm that has already been established by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty."
(full statement)


Poland - Damian Przeniosło, Head of the WMD Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "We join others in condemning the actions undertaken by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, including nuclear and ballistic missiles tests, as violating international norms and commitments."
(full statement)


Canada - n.n.: "Canada remains deeply troubled by North Korea’s persistence in further developing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. We strongly condemn its continued provocations, including threats to carry out more tests and continued ballistic missile testing in contravention with successive UNSC resolutions.
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North Korea must refrain from further provocative acts including nuclear and ballistic missile tests, re-join the international non-proliferation community by fully renouncing its nuclear weapons aspirations."
(full statement)


Vienna Group of Ten - Darren Hansen (Australia), First Secretary, Australian Mission to the United Nations: "Of direct relevance to the Committee’s work are the sections containing recommendations on compliance and verification, export controls, nuclear security and the CTBT."
(full statement)