Tibor Tóth, the CTBTO Executive Secretary, attending a workshop in Manila, the Philippines, said further ratifications of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in the next 12 to 18 months would put pressure on those States whose consent is holding up its entry into force.
“A consensus agreement on the CTBT and its early entry into force will be essential for the success of the NPT. Progress on the CTBT will be a catalyst for progress on other measures necessary for the strengthening of the non-proliferation regime,” said Tóth in Manila.
“In the US-Russia strategic relationship, additional confidence would be gained if the United States were to ratify the Treaty as Russia has done.”
“Today the question is not if, but rather when will the Treaty enter into force,” he said.
He noted the “robustness” of the Obama administration’s resolve to secure U.S. ratification, but stressed that the international community does not have the luxury “to wait and see” if and when States such as the United States and China will ratify.
Tóth said much would be gained for confidence- and security building in Asia if the continent as a whole moved towards ratification.
“The CTBT as it stands today is a unifying Treaty around which the international community can rally.”
“It is clear that a CTBT in force is a logical and necessary cornerstone of the security architecture, if today’s and future nuclear non-proliferation challenges are to be addressed credibly.”