Obama welcomes Indonesia's intention to ratify treaty banning nuclear test

08:28, May 05, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed Indonesia's intention to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

"I welcome Indonesia's important announcement at the opening session of the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference that they are 'initiating the process of the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty,'" Obama said in a statement.

Obama thanked Indonesian President Susilo Yudhoyono and his government for the effort to reinforce the nuclear nonproliferation regime.

He said the U.S. is committed to the ratification of the treaty and vowed to work with the U.S. Senate to achieve consent on this issue.

The U.S. has signed the CTBT, but not ratified it. There is an ongoing debate in the country as to whether or not it should ratify the CTBT.

On Oct. 13 1999, the U.S. Senate rejected ratification of the CTBT. President Barack Obama stated during his 2008 election campaign that "As president, I will reach out to the Senate to secure the ratification of the CTBT at the earliest practical date. "



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