Aug 30, 2017, 3:20 PM
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UN Chief urges member states to join CTBT

New York, Aug 30, IRNA - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement urged all member states to sign and ratify a global treaty that bans nuclear explosions on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground.

Guterres made the remarks Tuesday in a meeting held to mark anniversary of the International Day against Nuclear Tests.

He urged world states to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

“More than 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted over the past seven decades – from the South Pacific to North America, from Central Asia to North Africa. They have harmed some of the world's most vulnerable peoples and pristine ecosystems,” the United Nations News Center quoted the Secretary-General as saying.

'To ensure that no country could conduct another test, he urged all countries to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).'

“I urge all countries yet to join the CTBT to do so as soon as possible,” Mr. Guterres said. “For almost 20 years, a global norm has existed against nuclear testing based on voluntarily unilateral moratoriums. I applaud this restraint, but it is not enough.”

He noted that continued nuclear tests by DPRK demonstrate that “even the strongest norm is no substitute for a legally-binding prohibition.”

'Overnight, DPRK fired a ballistic missile in violation of Security Council resolutions, Mr. Guterres said in a separate statement condemning the event and urging DPRK to fully comply with its international obligations.'

Meanwhile, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in his first TV interview on Tuesday night after his inauguration expressed Iran's commitment to thee historic nuclear deal also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Safeguards Agreement, the Additional protocols of nuclear proliferation and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Translator: Ali Izadi