|PRAGUE, (AFP) – US President Barack Obama will seek Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and call for a global summit on nuclear security in a speech in Prague, the White House said.
The commitment was contained in a "Fact Sheet" issued by the White House in Prague, on the latest stop of Obama's debut European tour as president and as North Korea rocked the world with a rocket launch.
"To achieve a global ban on nuclear testing, the Obama Administration will work to bring the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty into force, including Senate ratification of the Treaty," the White House said in a statement.
"The Treaty has already been ratified by 148 countries, and it will enter into force once it is ratified by the U.S., China, India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran, Egypt, Indonesia, and North Korea."
In a major speech in Prague, on the latest leg of his European tour, Obama would also seek to negotiate a new international treaty that "verifiably ends the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons," the statement said.