Minister of State Peter Power T.D. calls for a ban on nuclear testing

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25th September 2009

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Minister of State Peter Power T.D. calls for a ban on nuclear testing

The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power T.D. has told an international conference that a treaty to ban nuclear testing must now be agreed. Addressing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Article XIV Conference in New York the Minister said that such a treaty was essential if the world was to rid itself of the scourge of nuclear weapons. "By aiming to hamper the development and qualitative improvement of nuclear weapons, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is one of the essential pillars in the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation framework”. Its entry into force would, said the Minister, significantly strengthen the international security architecture built upon the foundation of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) a treaty which Ireland has always championed. A landmark Review Conference of the NPT takes place next year and Ireland is working actively and intensively in line with the commitment in the Programme for Government to continue to press for nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation.

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The CTBT Article XIV Conference which promotes the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) takes place every two years. The Treaty bans all nuclear explosions in all environments, for military or civilian purposes. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1996, but has yet to enter into force. It can do so only after it has been ratified by the 44 States listed in Annex 2 of the Treaty (these are the States that participated in the Treaty’s negotiations and possessed nuclear power reactors or research reactors at that time). Nine so-called Annex 2 States have yet to ratify the Treaty : the US, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, the DPRK (North Korea), and Pakistan. Ireland signed the Treaty in 1996 and ratified it in 1999.

US President Barack Obama has put US ratification of the Treaty as one of his priorities. Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State led the US delegation to the Conference.

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