'1945-1998' by Isao Hashimoto

Executive Secretary Tóth: Hoping for a domino effect

"The Treaty is within reach" - in an interview with the Austrian newspaper Der Standard, CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth explains the significance he attaches to the outcome of the presidential elections in the United States for the prospects of entry into force of the Treaty, as well as how to convince India and Pakistan to join.

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2008 in retrospect: An eventful year for the CTBT

2008 was a great year for the CTBT, with many positive and encouraging developments. The verification regime reached a level of maturity with two-thirds of all planned stations certified and the first comprehensive realistic simulation of an on-site inspection. On the political side, the ratification by Colombia reduced the number of outstanding ratifications for entry into force to a single digit, while many other States signed and ratified. Political support for the CTBT gained momentum in many countries, especially in the United States, where a pro-CTBT president was elected.

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The International Scientific Studies Project will culminate in an international conference in June 2009

Special feature: the International Scientific Study project ISS

The main objectives of the International Scientific Study project (ISS) are to conduct an independent assessment of the capability and readiness of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty's (CTBT) verification regime to detect nuclear explosions worldwide as well as to provide for further cross-fertilization between nuclear-test ban verification and science. The CTBTO gave a special briefing to the U.S. non-proliferation and scientific community on the ISS in Washington from 11 to 12 December 2008.

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Kerry: the single greatest arms control accomplishment for the new Senate

In an op-ed in the Boston Globe, the incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. John Kerry, announces his intention to "begin working to build the necessary bipartisan support for US ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which would impose a worldwide ban on nuclear testing under the watch of a far-reaching verification regime...success would be the single greatest arms control accomplishment for the new Senate and it would reestablish America's traditional leadership role on nonproliferation." 

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USA: New bipartisan report recommends CTBT ratification

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Physical Society (APS), and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) established a working group, bringing together former nuclear weapons lab directors, scientists, military leaders, and public officials, "chosen to represent a diversity of views across the political spectrum." The report Nuclear Weapons in 21st Century U.S. National Security recommends that the U.S. "re-establish its global leadership in nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, and disarmament matters", including through ratifying the CTBT.

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U.S. Interim Congressional Report: Stockpile Stewardship Program "a remarkable success"

On December 15, 2008, the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States submitted an interim report to members of Congress. The report describes the Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP), aimed at ensuring the reliability of the stockpile in the absence of nuclear testing, as "a remarkable success". According to the report, the maintenance "a robust SSP would be prerequisite for ratification of the [CTBT] ... fundamental to the continuing effectiveness of the stockpile is the long-term stability of plutonium, which was unknown at the time of the signing of the CTBT."

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UK Foreign Minister Miliband: A world without nuclear weapons

The U.K.'s Foreign Minister, David Miliband, charts six key steps necessary to move the world towards the abolition of nuclear weapons. The first step would be the entry into force of the CTBT: "Early US ratification would do much to encourage the few remaining states to follow suit, thereby finally enabling the treaty – concluded in 1996 – to take legal effect and ban all nuclear weapons test explosions."

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Indian defense analyst Subrahmanyam: CTBT not a cause for concern

Yahoo News India reports that recent appointments of the Obama administration of long-time supporters of the CTBT to key positions indicate that the new U.S. administration will launch a new initiative on the Treaty. The article points out that according to Indian experts, "India should not have any reason to worry on account of a renewed initiative on the CTBT" and cites strategic analyst Subrahmanyam: "the CTBT should not be a cause for concern. If everybody else in the world adheres to it, so can we."

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Toward a nuclear-free world: a German view

In reaction to the 2007 appeal by US senior statesmen George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn, four senior German statesmen have published a response in the International Herald Tribune. The authors are former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (picture), former President Richard von Weizsäcker, former Minister for economic cooperation Egon Bahr and former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher. Their appeal endorses the American initiative and explicitly highlights U.S. ratification of the CTBT.

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The Myth of Nuclear Modernization and the Ikea Bomb

Ivan Oelrich challenges the arguments made by proponents of the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program and argues that U.S. ratification of the CTBT should not be come at the price of acceptance of the RRW. Without the Cold War requirements of being able to conduct a decapitating first nuclear strike, the need for maintaining a nuclear weapons industrial complex with the ability to design high-yield nuclear weapons no longer exists.

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Nuclear testing art work by the Japanese artist Hashimoto

The multimedia artwork "1945-1998" visualizes the 2053 nuclear explosions conducted around the world since the Trinity nuclear weapon test explosion in Nevada on 16 July 1945 in New Mexico, USA. Japanese artist Isao HASHIMOTO "created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world."

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