Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | March 20, 2014

Prime Minister Netanyahu: “Proud” to have signed CTBT, “never had a problem with the CTBT”

ES with ISR FM 19 Mar 2014Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo (left) with Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Jerusalem

CTBTO head Lassina Zerbo visited Israel from 18 to 19 March 2014, where we met with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the Minister of Intelligence, International Relations and Strategic Affairs, Yuval Steinitz, and with the head of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC), Shaul Chorev.  In an interview with David Horovitz, founding editor of The Times of Israel, Zerbo said: “I honestly believe that Israel could be one of the first of the remaining Annex 2 States to ratify. We will do our best to work with Israel to further enhance conditions of confidence in the verification capabilities and trust in the monitoring system, which I believe will pave the way for Israel to play a leadership role in the region towards entry into force of the Treaty. In this regard, data transmission from China was appreciated and seen as an important step in the right direction.”

According to the article, “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear that he considers the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to be of no use in the Middle East, the sources said, but by contrast Israel considers the CTBT to be ‘very significant,’ is ‘proud’ to have signed it, and ‘has never had a problem with the CTBT.’ ”

Full interview with The Times of Israel

Background on the ES’s visit to Israel

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