Need for legally-bound ban against nuclear testing: UN chief

Need for legally-bound ban against nuclear testing: UN chief

United Nations: UN chief Antonio Guterres Tuesday called on countries, to ensure that the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty comes into force soon, saying North Korea’s continued nuclear tests demonstrate the need for a legally-binding prohibition.
In his message on the International Day against Nuclear Tests, the UN secretary general said for almost 20 years, a global norm has existed against nuclear testing based on voluntarily unilateral moratoriums. While this restraint should be applauded, it is not enough.
“More than 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted over the past seven decades from the South Pacific to North America, from Central Asia to North Africa. They have harmed some of the world’s most vulnerable people and pristine ecosystems,” he said.
Guterres’ message comes as nuclear-armed North Korea fired a missile which flew over Japan, one of its most provocative missile tests in recent years that prompted Tokyo to warn residents in its path to take cover.
“Continued nuclear tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea demonstrate that even the strongest norm is no substitute for a legally-binding prohibition,” the UN chief said. PTI

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