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Jakarta Post

Indonesia to ratify nuclear test ban treaty

  • Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 30 2010   /  10:36 am

Indonesia will ratify a nuclear test ban treaty soon, says the foreign minister, after previously deciding to hold off on ratification until the US made the first move. Marty Natalegawa told the House of Representatives on Thursday that he would officially announced the ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) during the Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in New York next month. “We have been holding off the ratification process since 2002 as we expected the US and other nuclear weapon states to ratify first,” Marty told Commission I overseeing foreign and defense affairs. “However, we decided there was no point in delaying it. We do not want our policy to be steered by the US’ decisions. We can move it forward with a note that there must be a move to push the US to ratify. The US needs a template it can take as an example when dealing with the senate on r...