"End madness" of nuclear testing

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing a meeting to mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests. UN File Photo/Rick Bajornas

The international community has been urged to end what the UN Secretary-General has called the "madness" of nuclear testing.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking in Vienna, Austria, at the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Dianne Penn reports.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is a multilateral treaty in which countries agree to ban all nuclear testing.  

Speaking at the UN in Vienna, Mr Ban said that commitment should be honoured for the sake of humanity.

"Nuclear testing poisons water, causes cancers, and pollutes the area with radioactive fallout for generations and generations to come.  We are here to honour the victims. The best tribute to them is action to ban and to stop nuclear testing. Their sufferings should teach the world to end this madness."

Eight countries which are part of the group known as the Annex 2 States need to ratify the treaty before it can come into force.

They are North Korea, India, Pakistan, China, Egypt, Iran, Israel and the United States.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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