Removal of sanctions indispensable for building consensus on CTBT: Pakistan


ISLAMABAD, Nov 9 (APP): Pakistan Monday pledged it will not be the first to conduct further nuclear tests. "In essence we will observe the spirit of the (Comprehensive Test Ban) treaty. We will not be the first to conduct further tests," Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar said in his first press conference after assuming the office. "We do not intend to take any provocative step, whatsoever, on nuclear issues in general and on CTBT in particular." However, he said the treaty itself provided that if a signatory felt that situation had changed detrimental to its security then it could conduct tests. Responding to a question on CTBT, he said,"it is our perception that the sudden change of stance in September 1998 at the United Nations General Assembly was misunderstood in Pakistan."