UN Secretary-General Urges U.S. Action on CTBT

In a major speech on Jan. 18, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke on a range of nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation issues at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California. He touched on the international community's achievements on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, outlined the the challenges that lay ahead, and called for renewed action on key priorities including the CTBT:

The Secretary-General said, "We must intensify efforts to bring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty into force.

I urge the remaining eight states whose ratification is essential for the Treaty's entry into force to do so without further delay.

In April, I will travel to Washington D.C. with the leadership of the CTBTO to support the Obama Administration's efforts to get this treaty ratified."

For the video and transcript of his remarks, see: http://cns.miis.edu/activities/130118_un_sg_ban_ki-moon_at_miis.htm.