Press release on the Tenth Conference on Facilitating Entry into Force of Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Friday, 22 September 2017 16:25

The Tenth Conference on Facilitating Entry into Force of Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) was held in New York on September 20. It was attended by delegates from over 150 countries.

The conference participants reaffirmed the crucial importance of the CTBT for the maintenance of international security and stability. The majority of delegations pointed out the need to move beyond the deadlock regarding the Treaty, which has not become effective in the more than 20 years since it was opened for signature. They expressed serious concern over the lack of progress in the positions of the eight countries – the United States, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, Egypt, Iran and North Korea − that must ratify the agreement in order to make it effective.

The conference participants approved a final declaration, which includes a list of measures to facilitate the entry of the CTBT into force. One of the priorities is to strengthen targeted work with the above eight states.

The Russian delegation reaffirmed Russia’s commitment to the CTBT as the only, all but universal, and effectively verifiable international nuclear test ban treaty that has no alternative and could have no alternative. They expressed their readiness to continue to support this treaty.

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