The CTBT must come into force as soon as humanly possible, Gareth Evans says in Vienna

The CTBT must come into force as soon as humanly possible, Gareth Evans says in Vienna

Member States encouraged to promote the CTBT at global and regional meetings

Enrolling every country on Earth in the CTBT and raising global awareness about it could be two ways to gain the Treaty’s entry into force, suggested the French and Moroccan ambassadors who are coordinating the entry-into-force process. States were also invited to share information on their efforts to promote the Treaty at different events. Significant news, statements, and reports on these outreach activities will be published on the CTBTO website upon request.


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The CTBT must come into force as soon as humanly possible, Gareth Evans says in Vienna

“It’s sheer dumb luck that we haven’t had a nuclear catastrophe in the last 60 years,” said Gareth Evans, one of the two chairpersons of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND), when presenting the final report in Vienna on 5 March 2010. “It is difficult to overstate the importance of the CTBT as a crucial building block for both non-proliferation and disarmament,” the ICNND report noted, and Professor Evans emphasized repeatedly the importance of the early entry into force of the Treaty. “Those countries which haven’t ratified should do so,” Evans said.


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Video Interview with Gareth Evans

Video Interview with Gareth Evans on Eliminating Nuclear Threats. Watch it on CTBTO's YouTube Channel.


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CTBTO contributes to tsunami warning following the earthquake in Chile

Within less than a minute of their arrival in Vienna, data from about 20 seismic and hydroacoustic stations of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) were forwarded to the tsunami warning centres in the Pacific region,” said Mark Prior, a seismic and acoustics specialist at the CTBTO.


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Confronting a Nuclear Tipping Point

"You have to recognize that the situation today is very different than it was eleven years ago, when [the CTBT] was first considered by the [U.S.] Senate. Why? Because the scene has changed. Now you can verify whether or not a small test has taken place, and the capacity of our labs, if they are properly supported, can verify the safety and security and reliability of our stockpile," George P. Shultz, a former U.S. Secretary of State said in an interview with the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Taking Stock of the NPT: An Interview With U.S. Special Representative Susan Burk

“Later this spring, we’re going to see publication of both the National Academy of Sciences update to their 2002 report on the key technical issues [of the CTBT] and a National Intelligence Estimate [on the CTBT]. I think those are the two developments that we can see coming between now and May,” says Susan Burk, U.S. special representative for nuclear non-proliferation, in an interview with Arms Control Today.


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Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization Enhances Our National Security

"While the Obama Administration is committed to securing the Senate's advice and consent to ratify the CTBT, the International Monitoring System continues to provide real time benefits even in the absence of the Treaty's entry into force,” writes Ellen Tauscher, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security


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Utah House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Pro-CTBT Resolution

A resolution, sponsored by the democratic Representative Jen Seelig, encouraging the U.S. Congress to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty passed the Utah House of Representatives unanimously on 1 March 2010. “A ban on nuclear testing strengthens United States national security and advances U.S. arms control objectives”, argued the Republican representative Wilcox, in front of the committee members.

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Volcano monitoring will target threats to Marianas

“Technology designed to detect nuclear explosions and enforce the world’s nuclear test-ban treaty now will be pioneered to monitor active volcanoes in the Northern Mariana Islands near Guam,” reports the Saipan Tribune. "My hope is that we’ll see some distinctive signals in the infrasound that will allow us to discriminate the different kinds of eruptive styles-from effusive events that produce lava flows, or small explosive events we call vulcanian eruptions, to the large ’Plinian’ events of particular concern to aviation. They are certain to have some characteristic sonic signature," says James E. Quick, project chief of the U.S. Geological Survey, the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and the Marianas government scientific partnership.


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Again Atoms For Peace: People's Pressure Vital

“Cities and citizens of the world, unite! Unite for a world without nuclear weapons!” called Tadatoshi Akiba, the mayor of Hiroshima, in the run-up to the 65th anniversary of the dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. "If the U.S. moves, it would give a great impetus towards putting into effect the CTBT” said former Japanese disarmament ambassador Kuniko Inoguchi.


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Boosting the CTBT’s prospects in the Middle East

“If Washington ratifies the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the three holdout states in the Middle East—Israel, Egypt, and Iran—may follow suit more readily than many believe,” argue Liviu Horovitz and Robert Golan-Vilella in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The authors come to the conclusion that "those who argue that politics in the Middle East should prevent Washington from ratifying the CTBT would do well to realize that the situation is not as intractable as they believe."


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India’s nuclear arms control quandary

“While the international community seems ready to move forward on the CTBT, FMCT, and achieving nuclear zero, New Delhi’s participation likely will be limited until its leaders believe that they possess a nuclear arsenal capable of minimal deterrence,” argues Ramamurti Rajaraman in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

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CTBT ratification and fact-twisting arguments

“It is time to stand up to Cold War politicians and those in the military opposed to U.S. ratification of the CTBT and confront the misrepresentations of the facts head on, and past time to stop letting some at the national labs dictate policy instead of carrying out policy in the national interest,” argues Alicia Godsberg from the Federation of American Scientists when commenting on the conclusions on the EastWest Institute CTBT seminar.


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