Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | January 20, 2017

The CTBT at 20: Ambition on the Road to Success

CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo writes on the achievements made thus far and the future prospects of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in Arms Control Today.

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“The certification of the International Monitoring System (IMS) station in China represents a milestone for the treaty and illustrates the real progress that has been achieved in cooperating with China on nuclear test monitoring and verification challenges,” according to CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo writing in Arms Control Today.

Zerbo sees the CTBT as a “good news” story, continuing along the road to success, even if some of the steps forward take longer than others. An example of the successes would be “the CTBT monitoring system’s accurate and timely detection of all five announced nuclear tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, including two in 2016.” In addition he points out that “more than 90 percent of the planned global nuclear test monitoring assets are in place, and the detection threshold is far better than the treaty’s negotiators thought feasible.”

“Movement on the treaty would buttress the nuclear nonproliferation regime and would help build the confidence needed to move forward on a number of related issues, regionally and globally, would bring a permanent end to the destabilizing practice of nuclear testing and would constitute a firm barrier to a resumption of the nuclear arms race,”- concludes Zerbo.

Original Article published by Arms Control Today.


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