"Nuclear Testing is Simply not Acceptable" - UN Chief on the Int'l Day against Nuclear Tests

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Opening remarks by H.E. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations at the High-level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate and promote the International Day against Nuclear Tests.
Addressing a high-level meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres today (09 Sep) reiterated that “in the 21st century, nuclear testing is simply not acceptable.”
He said, “it is not acceptable to destroy and contaminate the environment. It is not acceptable for local populations to suffer from radioactive fallout and other nuclear byproducts.”
Guterres also reminded the international community that the Treaty has not yet entered into force.
Eight of the 44 States whose ratification is necessary for the Treaty to enter into force have not yet ratified it.
The UN chief continued, “it is not acceptable to prevent the entry into force of the CTBT and, thereby, withhold a valuable restraint on the qualitative and quantitative proliferation of nuclear weapons and a practical step towards their total elimination.”
On 2 December 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests.
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