Foreign Minister Kurz: “The world must ban nuclear tests once and for all"

Highlevel Ministerial Meeting marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)

“The world must ban nuclear tests once and for all and put the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty into effect. I very much regret that this treaty has not yet entered into force as eight ratifications are still outstanding. Both the global verification system and the organisation itself stand ready to assume their mandated tasks. A universal and effective CTBT is indeed of the utmost importance for international safety and security”, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz emphasised.                                                           

“Austria is proud of hosting the CTBTO in Vienna, and all the more so as the organisation plays a central role in Austria’s efforts aimed at a world free of nuclear weapons”, Sebastian Kurz explained in his speech at the Ministerial Meeting marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. This event has brought 39 ministers, vice-ministers, state secretaries and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini to Vienna. In his speech, Federal Minister Kurz also highlighted Austria’s pro-active commitment in the field of promoting nuclear disarmament and reiterated the Austrian call for elaborating a treaty banning all nuclear weapons.  

Adopted in 1996, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) prohibits all test explosions of nuclear weapons as well as any other nuclear explosion worldwide. To date, the CTBT has been signed by 183 states of which 164 have ratified the treaty. The CTBT enters into force as soon as those 44 states, which are listed in Annex II to the treaty, have signed and ratified it. Ratification from the following Annex II states is, however, still outstanding: the United States of America, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea, Iran and Egypt.