Association of Southeast Asian Nations Member States Called on to Ratify CTBT

Association of Southeast Asian Nations Member States Called on to Ratify CTBT

“Your ratification could trigger a positive chain reaction”, Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), told Kasit Piromya, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, on 23 November 2009. Thailand, one of four countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that still need to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), hosted a two-day regional CTBTO workshop on capacity building in Bangkok.

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Build-up of IMS Stations in Central Asia Continues with Completion of Installation of PS44

Located in Central Asia between the Karakum Desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range, primary seismic station PS44 in the Republic of Turkmenistan has now been fully constructed and is currently undergoing testing.

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CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth welcomes the report of the International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament

The report’s recommendations on the CTBT are very timely. It is indeed of utmost importance that "all states that have not already done so should sign and ratify the CTBT unconditionally and without delay", said Tibor Tóth, the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO.

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Read the ICNND Report here.

Maintaining its pool of analysts: CTBTO completes 11th IDC analysts course

Training analysts is a vital undertaking for the CTBTO in maintaining a pool of expertise it can draw on. Ten trainee analysts completed the latest three and a half month long course.

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Joint Statement of the 12th China-EU Summit

In a joint statement issued on the sidelines of the 12th China-EU Summit in Nanjing, the two sides “reaffirmed their commitment to the international treaty system such as in the field of non-proliferation and disarmament and agreed to work together constructively in relevant international fora, including the Conference on Disarmament.” The two sides also “stressed the importance of the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.”

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On-Site Inspections under the CTBT

The Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) has released two Occasional Papers that focus on the On-Site Inspections (OSI) provided for by the CTBT. The papers, authored by Edward Ifft, address the modalities and the technical considerations of the OSI regime.

Read Occasional Paper 1: Modalities.

Read Occasional Paper 2: Technical Considerations.

Scientists: The Nukes Are Alright

“We don't need new nuclear weapons. We don't need new nuclear tests. We don't need expensive new nuclear programs. To paraphrase The Who: the nukes are alright,” writes Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund. In the article, Cirincione argues that a report by a premier scientific panel advising the Defense Department on U.S. nuclear weapons “undermines the fear-based arguments of the nuclear extremists.”

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Time for a test-ban bargain

“Swiftly ratifying the CTBT, with the Stockpile Management Program safeguarding the expertise of the nuclear weapons complex, will give Washington the best possible chance to lead the international community toward a stronger nonproliferation regime,” argues Joshua Pollack.

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Test Ban Treaty Sought

The Obama administration has launched a new effort to win ratification of the CTBT as part of the administration's new emphasis on reaching arms-control agreements. The intelligence community is working on a National Intelligence Estimate that the administration hopes will bolster ratification efforts, and a federal scientific study also is being done as part of the push, according to officials.

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Local newspapers make case for U.S. CTBT ratification

“Without joining the [CTBT], the U.S. cannot hope to escape the charge of ‘double-standard’ from the non-nuclear nations from whom we demand nuclear abstinence,” writes Ray Perkins. Two articles have highlighted the importance of the CTBT in an effort to convince key U.S. Senators to provide their consent to the Treaty.

Read The real peace prize: Ban nuclear testing.

Read Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty must remain a priority for the US.

WMD proliferation the focus of annual NATO conference

Executive Secretary of the CTBTO Tibor Tóth and several high officials from a number of countries and organizations were among the speakers to deliver presentations to over 160 senior officials who met on 10 and 11 December in Warsaw, Poland, for the annual NATO Conference on Weapons of Mass Destruction Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.

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Rooting for Arms Control

“[T]he more countries that ratify the CTBT, the more credible it becomes as a global norm, and the more condign should be the penalties for breaking the ban,” argues Andrew Brown, of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

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