Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | August 31, 2018

Kazakh FM, CTBTO Executive Secretary made joint statement

Kazakh FM, CTBTO Executive Secretary made joint statement

Highlighting the International Day against Nuclear Tests, Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, issued a joint statement in which they state that “It is high time to bring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty into force. We owe it to ourselves, and to future generations.”

See full statement here.

On the occasion of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, marked on 29 August, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated that “every effort should be made to bring a global treaty into force.” In his message, he refers to the CTBT as a nearly universal treaty, but lacking the necessary ratifications from eight countries.

“The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty has an essential role within the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime,” the UN chief said. “It fosters international peace and security by constraining the development of nuclear weapons. Our collective security demands that every effort should be made to bring this essential treaty into force.”

CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo also highlighted the importance of pressing for the entry into force of the Treaty. “As long as the Treaty is not in force, the established international norm against nuclear testing and the global verification system that has been developed over the past two decades are at risk. I urge the last eight countries to ratify the Treaty and I appeal to others to renew their efforts in supporting it.”

Read the full statement here.

“CTBTO chief says it can assist North Korea’s denuclearization process,” Arirang television new reports on CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo’s recent visit to South Korea.

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