Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | January 10, 2017

Time for India to sign the CTBT, by Dr. Rajaraman

“The time has come for India to unilaterally and voluntarily sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)”-, Dr. Ramamurti Rajaraman says in article for the Wire.

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Rajaraman argues that India would benefit from “immense” diplomatic gains without making economic or military sacrifices by singing the Treaty.

If India voluntarily decides to sign the CTBT, not only would it strengthen the country’s global reputation but also strengthen its case for Nuclear Suppliers Group membership, Rajaraman says.

“The fact that India would be doing so without requiring prior ratification by China and the US, would establish our ability to take independent initiatives that are good for the country and the world,” -he says.

“A nation aspiring to be a world power must not shy away from taking bold initiatives at crucial periods,” Dr. Rajaraman concludes, indicating that signing the CTBT is an opportunity for India “to fortify its place as a leader in the community of nations, that too without flexing its military or economic muscle.”

Read the full article at the Wire.
R. Rajaraman is an Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Jawaharlal Nehru University and former co-chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials.

Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | December 2, 2016

A Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban, editorial by Ernest Moniz

In an editorial for Science Magazine, US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz says that a permanent end to nuclear explosive testing, combined with sustained reliable deterrence, is in the national security interest of the United States and its allies and friends.

Moniz says the two reasons why the Senate did not ratify the CTBT in 1999 were firstly, the newly created science-based stockpile stewardship program was not yet completed, and moniz_official_portrait_sitting.jpegsecondly there was still uncertainty about the ability to detect low-yield clandestine underground tests. He says since then the science and technology matured, and “the time has come to revisit CTBT ratification”.

“The next U.S. Administration and the Congress should revisit the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in view of current realities and work together toward enhanced security through ratification and an international push for entry into force.“

Original Article by Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy

Photo: US Department of Energy

Former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Sergio Duarte, warns that the taboo against nuclear testing is at risk. That pressure to resume testing appears to be increasing, and the ongoing modernization of nuclear arsenals in several States could make their use justifiable and acceptable in a “limited” nuclear confrontation.duarte

“Once the taboo against testing is broken, the whole normative structure painstakingly built by the international community to curb the spread of nuclear weapons and advance the goal of nuclear disarmament will risk unraveling. The entry into force of the CTBT is a vital element to prevent such a dangerous development
and will also help to prevent an acceleration of the nuclear arms race and an escalation of regional and bilateral tensions.”

Original Article by Sergio Duarte, member of the Group of Eminent Persons and former United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs 

 

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