Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | July 9, 2018

OPINION: A first positive step towards denuclearization for Kim Jong Un

“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can take a unilateral step towards denuclearization that is straightforward, quick and has other positive benefits: He can sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)” comments Robert Kelley, a distinguished associate at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, in his article published in Kyodo. 

According to the author, that signing the CTBT alone does not assure an end to nuclear testing. For this, it is necessary to ratify the Treaty; that would be a meaningful move towards the end of nuclear testing. The United States signed the CTBT in 1996, nevertheless they never ratified it. If the leader of North Korea decides as a first step, to sign it, then he would be on par with the U.S. and subsequently can decide if he also wants to ratify the CTBT on the same day that the United States does so.

“There is an additional positive outcome that could come from such a North Korean move. If the political landscape changes as a result of U.S. ratification driven by Kim, the CTBT, which has been stalled for two decades, might have a chance of signature and ratification by the important handful of outstanding states that have not signed and ratified” adds Kelley.

Kelley writes that Kim now has the opportunity to take a step towards denuclearization by signing the Treaty. Doing so would put North Korea “on the same plane” as the U.S. and would make entry into force of the Treaty more likely. This development could also lead to a worldwide change in the attitude towards the Treaty, observes Kelley.

Read the full article here.


Robert Kelley


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