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Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the International Day against Nuclear Tests

29.08.2014

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement today (29 August) on the International Day against Nuclear Tests:

Although crisis diplomacy is often the main item on the agenda at the moment, we must not lose sight of our long-term disarmament efforts.

Germany is vigorously to lobby intensely for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which would make the development and upgrading of nuclear weapons significantly more difficult, thus greatly enhancing security for the international community.

I call in particular on the states that are still hesitant as regards implementing the Treaty to join us, with courage and determination, in making the world somewhat safer.

In 2009, the United Nations declared 29 August as the International Day against Nuclear Tests. The day was commemorated for the first time in 2010.

Along with its European partner countries and within the framework of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI), Germany is lobbying for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The main target group comprises the eight countries that have not yet ratified (China, Egypt, Iran, Israel and the United States) or signed (India, Pakistan and North Korea) the Treaty.

Germany is the third-largest donor to the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). The CTBTO’s International Monitoring System also includes five German monitoring stations. This system can provide proof of even extremely small underground nuclear tests. These monitoring stations played a crucial role in exposing North Korea’s most recent nuclear test in 2013. Although the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty has not yet entered into force, the monitoring system is already working reliably.

Further information:

Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation

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