26 May 2009
The Executive Committee of the Pugwash Council expresses its concern that another nuclear test has been carried out after a lengthy moratorium.
The nuclear test by the DPRK comes at a time when a more positive atmosphere has developed in recent months for making substantial progress on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. There is a strong global trend towards the entry into force of the CTBT which has been reversed.
More broadly, concrete action is needed by the nuclear weapons states toward substantial nuclear disarmament, while the non-nuclear weapons states have a similarly important role to play in strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime. Without a concerted effort by the entire international community, demonstrating that nuclear weapons do not increase the security of any country, we run the risk that nuclear weapons may one day be used, with horrific consequences.
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Dr. Jeffrey Boutwell, Executive Director
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