Tibor Tóth, the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, was interviewed by TIME magazine’s blog “Battleland”. Tóth provides aswers to some straightforward questions touching upon a broad range of issues.
On the importance of the CTBT Tibor Tóth reminded that “More than 2000 nuclear tests were conducted before the Treaty opened for signature in 1996. Since then there have been just six (two each by India, Pakistan and North Korea), all unanimously condemned by the UN Security Council.”
“The CTBT is a non-discriminatory Treaty. It imposes exactly the same obligations on all states, regardless of whether they possess nuclear weapons or not, or whether they are parties to the NPT or not. The norm it imposes is simple, straightforward and the same for all: No nuclear testing. Nowhere. By no one,” Tóth said.
When asked about the prospect of certain countries resuming nuclear testing and the potential repercussions from such a development on the international community, Tóth was categorical. “Common sense, as well as historical examples from the Cold War, tells us that a return to nuclear testing by either Russia or the U.S. would seriously damage the nuclear arms control regime and almost certainly set off a new arms race and an increase in the numbers of nuclear weapons,” Tóth said.
Read the entire interview here.