Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | February 21, 2013

Op-ed: Veteran American Diplomat Thomas Pickering calls for CTBT entry into force

In an op-ed published in the Christian Science Monitor under the title “US leadership needed to prevent nuclear testing by North Korea” American Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering makes the case of why the announced DPRK nuclear test of 12 February underscores the need to finally bring the CTBT into force

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering helped the Kennedy Administration to draft the 1963 Partial Test Ban Treaty and served as US ambassador to the United Nations, the Russian Federation, and other postings.

Excerpts:

“North Korea’s nuclear weapons test explosion underscores the need for stronger US leadership to prevent the testing, spread, and use of the world’s most dangerous weapons. US ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty would set a clear international standard.”

“Today, the United States is acting within the framework of the responsibilities of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty but is not reaping the full security benefits in return because it has not yet ratified the pact.”


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