Belgium calls for end to nuclear tests

BRUSSELS, Belgium Thursday called for a definitive end to all nuclear tests.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, in a statement to mark International Day Against Nuclear Tests, urged for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to enter into force.

The 1996 treaty can only enter into force after the ratification by eight remaining countries, namely the USA, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, China, Israel and Egypt. Only then, an international ban on all nuclear tests under the control of an international organization will apply, he noted.

Reynders urged those countries to take necessary steps towards ratification. “Without this treaty, a risk remains to see new and ever more powerful nuclear weapons being developed. Only a world without nuclear tests can eventually lead to a world without nuclear weapons,” he stressed.

Source: Kuwait News Agency