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U.S. paper reports President Obama has decided to seek UNSC resolution on nuclear testing

NHK reported this afternoon that the Washington Post reported online on Thursday that President Obama has decided to seek a new UNSC resolution next month that would call on nations to stop nuclear testing. According to the Washington Post, senior officials of the Obama administration briefed members of Congress on the President’s decision this week. A White House official reportedly told the network that while the President has begun exploring ways to reduce the danger of nuclear weapons, he has not proposed a resolution that would call for an end to nuclear testing. The network said while 20 years have passed since the adoption of the CTBT, countries such as the U.S. and China have yet to ratify the treaty, adding that President Obama, who has been seeking to ratify the CTBT since he took office, may be hoping to lay the groundwork for a ban on nuclear tests. Meanwhile, a prominent Republican member is reportedly strongly opposed to the idea since it would undermine U.S. nuclear deterrence and security.

 

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