Statement on CTBT

April 20, 1996

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We affirmed our commitment to conclude and sign a Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) by September 1996. We agreed that a CTBT will be a concrete step toward the achievement of one of the highest priority objectives of the international community in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation, and the fulfilment of the obligations under article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). We also agreed that the CTBT must prohibit any nuclear test explosion or any other nuclear explosion. We affirmed that this constitutes a truly comprehensive nuclear test ban.

In this connection, we recalled the importance of the Decision on Principles and Objectives for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament adopted on 11 May 1995.

Source: Released at the Moscow Nuclear Safety and Security Summit, April 20, 1996.

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