Frank A. Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, United States, addressed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN) Regional Forum participants at the 6th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Inter-Sessional Meeting on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (ISM on NPD), in Tokyo, Japan. The meeting took place on 8-9 July 2014. CTBTO took part at the event.
Frank A. Rose discussed the current position of the United States in regards to the three pillars of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – disarmament, non-proliferation, and peaceful use of nuclear energy – and the CTBT:
“The entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty remains a top priority for the United States. We are working to educate the American public on the security benefits of the Treaty, as well as the dangerous health effects of explosive nuclear testing. Of course, there is no reason for the remaining Annex 2 states to wait for the United States before completing their own ratification processes. We urge all States to provide adequate financial and political support for the completion of the CTBT verification regime and its provisional operations between now and the entry into force of the treaty because we all benefit from continuing to grow the regime’s capabilities.”
Read the full statement here.