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Ban calls for end to nuclear tests

UNITED NATIONS, May 5 (UPI) -- Ending the detonation of nuclear weapons is the cornerstone of the work of the United Nations, the U.N. secretary-general said.

U.N. Security-General Ban Ki-moon spoke late Tuesday to mark the opening of the exhibition "Putting an End to Nuclear Explosions."

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"'Putting an End to Nuclear Explosions' is more than the name of this exhibition," he said, "it is one of the longest-standing goals of the United Nations."

Ban highlighted the exhibition as part of the 5-year review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty under way at U.N. headquarters. The exhibition highlights progress under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

He welcomed a decision by Indonesia to ratify the CTBT, saying it was a "wonderful" way to kick off the exhibition. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan, he said, deserves praise for its decision to ban nuclear weapons.

Ban added that he has plans to visit Hiroshima, Japan, in August to make a global call for a nuclear weapons free world. U.S. forces dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945.

"Let us pledge to join together -- someday soon -- for another exhibition, an exhibition to celebrate the entry into force of this historic treaty, and our entry into a safer, more secure world for all," he said.

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