6 Sep 2013

US restates it owes no more compo to Marshalls test victims

5:28 pm on 6 September 2013

The United States ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Tom Armbruster, says the US considers it has paid enough compensation to the victims of the nuclear tests it conducted in the country from 1946 to 1958.

This comes after Pacific Islands leaders at their summit in Majuro endorsed a UN Special Rapporteur's report on the tests, calling on the US government to pay more than two billion US dollars in outstanding payments due to the test victims.

In its communique, the Forum says the US and the UN have ongoing obligations to encourage a final and just resolution for the Marshallese.

While no money is immediately forthcoming, Mr Armbruster says the US will continue to engage with the Marshall Islands on the issue.

"We do consider that the United States has paid full and final compensation for the nuclear tests, however we engage with them in a number of areas. The Department of Energy is here full time and the people who were affected by the 67 tests in the 1950s have access to life time health care that the United States provides."

The United States ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Tom Armbruster,