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Indonesia to Support CTBT Ratification

Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 8, 2009

Indonesian Foreign Minister Wirajuda said June 8 in Washington at the Carnegie Endowment that Indonesia supported the indefinite extension of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1995, but “naturally we were dismayed” when nuclear weapon states did not ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). 

“We share President Obama’s vision of a world in which nuclear weapons have been eradicated,” and Indonesia “trusts that President Obama will succeed in achieving ratification of the CTBT, and when that happens, Indonesia will follow suit,” said Minister Wirajuda. 

Commenting on a theme that has found its way into every nonproliferation statement recently, the minister said that Indonesia supports the spread of peaceful use nuclear energy, “but we oppose any diversion for military purposes.”

One argument is that if the United States ratifies the CTBT it will not provoke other hold out states to ratify. The Indonesian announcement runs counter to this argument.

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