International day against nuclear tests: France is committed to the ban of nuclear tests (29 August 2017)
France reaffirms the urgency and importance of the cessation of all types of nuclear explosion, as stated in the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty (CTBT).
France is the very first Nuclear Weapon State, along with the United Kingdom, to have signed in 1996 and ratified in 1998 the CTBT. It is committed to the ban of nuclear tests, which remains one of our priorities in favor of nuclear disarmament. France calls on all States that have not yet signed or ratified the CTBT to do it as soon as possible, in order to contribute to peace and international security, as recalled in the United Nations Security Council resolution 2230, adopted on 23 September 2016.
France is actively engaged in favor of nuclear disarmament as :
- the very first State which decided to shut down and dismantle its fissile material production facilities for nuclear weapons ;
- the one and only Nuclear Weapon State which has dismantle and decommissioned, in a transparent manner, its nuclear tests site ;
- the one and only State which has dismantle its ground to ground nuclear missiles;
- the one and only State which voluntary cut by a third the number of its nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) ;
- State which has completed its reduction of a third of its nuclear weapon inventory, missiles and planes from the air force component.