Putting an end to nuclear explosions CTBTO Exhibition opens at the UN in NY

CTBTO Executive Secretary Tóth welcomes announcement that Indonesia will soon ratify the CTBT

Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

"We do not want our policy to be steered by the U.S. decisions. We can move forward [with CTBT ratification] with a note that there must be a move to push the U.S. to ratify," said Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia's Minister of Foreign Affairs. “I warmly welcome the statement made by Foreign Minister Marty Natalagewa to the Indonesian Parliament that Indonesia will soon ratify the CTBT,” said Tibor Tóth, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization's (CTBTO).

Read the report on Indonesia's decision here and the CTBTO press release here.

Exhibition: "Putting an End to Nuclear Explosions" in New York

From 3 May to 30 June, an exhibition entitled "Putting an End to Nuclear Explosions" will be displayed at the UN Headquarters in New York. The exhibition features the history of nuclear testing and the arduous path to adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). It provides realistic impressions of the CTBT’s globe-spanning alarm system that monitors the planet for signs of a nuclear test. The exhibition also shows how the system promptly detected the two recent nuclear explosions in North Korea and it illustrates how the state-of-the art technologies can help make a difference in people’s everyday lives.


Read more here.

New CTBTO Spectrum April 2010 Issue 14

In the latest issue of Spectrum, several world leaders reinforce the importance of the CTBT's entry into force. Spectrum 14 also covers a range of verification-related issues and some of the Treaty’s potential scientific applications. This issue also details how developing countries benefit from the organization’s capacity building activities.


Read the highlight here and find the online version of Spectrum 14 here.

Russia's Ambassador Alexander Zmeyevskiy and CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: A global response to today's global challenges

"Since the CTBT was opened for signature in 1996, the world has been awaiting the Treaty’s entry into force as a great step forward in efforts to counter and reduce the nuclear threat", writes Ambassador Alexander Zmeyevskiy, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to International Organizations in Vienna. "The international community stands at the crossroads of momentous decisions, and the historic opportunity that is presenting itself must not be missed."


Read the essay by Ambassador Alexander Zmeyevskiy here.

ASEAN Should Take the Lead in War on Nuclear Weapons

"As we prepare for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference and focus on how momentum can be maintained toward winning freedom from the yoke of nuclear weapons, we look forward to having our ASEAN neighbors take whatever steps they can to help bring the CTBT into force", writes Alberto Romulo, Philippine secretary of foreign affairs. "Whatever steps we can take at this very important time to provide impetus to the CTBT will affirm our commitment to the pursuit of a world that is free of nuclear weapons."

Read more here.

Assistant Secretary, Rose Gottemoeller at the Arms Control Association

"Ratifying the CTBT will not be an easy task, but we will work closely with the Senate, the public and key stakeholders to achieve this goal. The administration appreciates the active role of the Arms Control Association in advancing the goal of CTBT ratification", said Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation, in her speech at the annual meeting of the Arms Control Association.


Read the speech here.

Alfredo Moreno Charme, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile and Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Joint Press Statement by the Foreign Ministers of Japan and the Republic of Chile

Japan's Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Chile's Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno Charme "shared the intention to further deepen and expand cooperation between the two countries in meeting challenges facing the international community, such as nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation (including cooperation for the upcoming NPT Review Conference and the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban -Treaty)."


Read the full statement here.

Seizing the Moment

"Steps or new commitments for the commencement of negotiations on a fissile material cutoff treaty (FMCT) and entry into force of the CTBT are likely to be central to any agreement at the [NPT] review conference. The two issues remain the focus of attention of the international community and constitute critical substantive measures to push nuclear disarmament forward", writes Li Hong, secretary-general of the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, in Arms Control Today.


Read more here.

India and the Nuclear Future

"While New Delhi now prides itself as being a responsible state with nuclear weapons, its sense of exceptionalism, the absence of a domestic consensus, and perhaps less than perfect nuclear test results make it hard for India to join decent company by signing the CTBT.  And so India remains a fence sitter, unable to take a leadership position on nuclear disarmament as long as it remains apart on nuclear testing", writes Michael Krepon, the co-founder of the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.


Read more here.

India must see itself as a N-weapon, rising power

"We've got a moratorium on testing. So, I don't see it as an issue just because it's been made into an issue. Once, the US and China do it, then I would say, India should do the same thing", says Aziz Haniffa Mohan, a former member of India's National Security Advisory Board, referring to his country's CTBT ratification.


Read more here.


President Obama's farsighted nuclear strategy

"Congress should reinforce his leverage by ratifying the new U.S.-Russian treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. It is a long way to zero, which is why we should start now", writes Jim Hoagland in the Washington Post.

Read more here.

The Responsibilities Are Mutual

"Arms control opponents have no doubt calculated that the more contentious the fight over START follow-on, the harder it will be for the Obama administration to press for ratification of the CTBT, which is actually the more significant agreement for nonproliferation,” argues David Shorr from the New America Foundation


Read more here. 

An Inch Closer to a World without Nuclear Weapons

"For some Republican senators the reasons they give for their opposition to the New Strategic Arm Reduction Treaty are insincere, however, and their main goal is to strike a political blow to President Obama and complicate further progress in nuclear disarmament, especially with regard to the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty," reports Šádí Shanaáh from the Heinrich Böll Foundation.


Read more here.