All states urged to support ban of nuclear weapons tests

Tibor Tóth

All states have been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to support the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

The call comes on the observance of the International Day Against Nuclear tests observed on 29 August marking the 20th anniversary of the closure of the nuclear weapons test sites in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan.

The Secretary-General says that although current voluntary moratoriums on nuclear weapons tests are valuable, they are no substitute for a global ban.

In Vienna, Austria, Tibor Tóth, the head of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization stresses the need for everyone to play a role in ending nuclear weapons testing.

"We have to ask the question, did we do our best to ensure our safety? And we have to ask the question, is our safety well regulated? If I use certain analogies, if I take the financial meltdown, the answer to these questions is no in hindsight. If I take the Fukushima meltdown, the answer to this question is no, in hindsight. On nuclear weapons, there is no hindsight. “

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