Global Security Newswire
Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues
Indonesia Vows to Ratify CTBT After U.S.
Indonesia yesterday pledged to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty once the United States does so, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, June 4).
The two nations are among the 44 states that must sign off on the 1996 pact before it can enter into force. The other holdouts are China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea and Pakistan.
U.S. President Barack Obama has said he would press for ratification of the treaty by the Senate (see GSN, April 6).
"We share [Obama's] vision of a world in which nuclear weapons have been eradicated," Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said during a trip to Washington, where he met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "We trust that he will succeed in getting the CTBT ratified -- and we promise that when that happens, Indonesia will immediately follow suit."
Indonesia possesses nuclear reactors but not nuclear weapons (Agence France-Presse/Spacewar.com, June 8).
U.S. Representative Ellen Tauscher, who has been nominated as the next undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, today reaffirmed the administration's support for the treaty, the Press Trust of India reported.
"I share the administration's commitment to obtaining the Senate's advice and consent to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and to launch a diplomatic effort to bring states that have not signed the treaty on board so that it can be brought into force," she said in prepared testimony during her nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Lalit Jha, Press Trust of India/Business Standard, June 9).
Note to our Readers
GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.
June 25, 2015
Iran is currently negotiating a nuclear agreement in Vienna with representatives of the so-called E3/EU+3. A major feature of any agreement will be the limits it places on the number and type of centrifuges that Iran is allowed to use. Visualize the numbers with and without a comprehensive agreement.
June 24, 2015
The submarine proliferation resource collection is designed to highlight global trends in the sale and acquisition of diesel- and nuclear-powered submarines. It is structured on a country-by-country basis, with each country profile consisting of information on capabilities, imports and exports.
This article provides an overview of Indonesia’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.