Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | July 20, 2012

Ratifying the CTBT, a moral obligation: Official Blog of the U.S. State Department

‘Dip Note’, the official blog of the U.S. State Department, has published a post entitled “Anniversary of the Trinity Test and the Dawn of the Atomic Age“.

It starts by recalling the historical significance of the first nuclear test on 16 July 1945 that ushered humanity into the nuclear age. The post also reviews five decades of efforts by the international community to put an end to nuclear tests, leading to the adoption of the CTBT in 1996.

The author stresses the strong commitment made by the United States to the CTBT and recalls the P5 joint statement of 29 June 2012 by China, France, Great Britain, Russia and the United States – the Permanent Members of the U.N. Security Council – declaring their resolve to work for the entry into force of the CTBT and reaffirming that there are “no substitutes for legally binding obligations under the CTBT.”

Finally, the author reminds readers of U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech at Hankuk University in Seoul on 26 March 2012: leading the efforts for nuclear disarmament is a “moral obligation” for the United States, according to Obama, and the same applies to CTBT ratification according to the blog post.

Read the post in full text here.

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