CTBTComprehensive Test Ban Treaty
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DPRK, India and Pakistan are among the 13 countries that have not signed the CTBT.
Belgium will pursue its commitment to the entry into force of the CTBT, a key step towards our common goal of a world free of nuclear weapons, in accordance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The bilateral non-testing arrangement, if mutually agreed, could become binding immediately without waiting for the entry into force of the CTBT at the international level.
US ratification of the CTBT, Shultz says, would have a positive impact on the general atmosphere around the world.
Zerbo was reportedly hoping to visit both Iran and Israel to convince their leaders to ratify the treaty because in his view, "they're the ones who can unlock what is stopping the CTBT from moving," the Associated Press (AP) reported.
As the only country that has ever suffered from atomic bombs, Japan will lead the realistic and practical efforts in the international community toward the realization of a world free of nuclear weapons, including efforts towards achieving the early entry into force of the CTBT.
It is clear that the NPT and the CTBT have reinforced nuclear security.
This is the second time Jordan will be hosting an important event within the CTBT verification framework.
NOTEREF _Ref379730389 \h \* MERGEFORMAT) These efforts are offered as a substitute for live nuclear testing, and have been cited by CTBT advocates as one reason that nuclear testing could be ended without jeopardizing the reliability of America's nuclear arsenal, as critics contend.
To enter into force, the CTBT must be signed and ratified by 44 specific states, only 36 of which have done so including France, Russia and Britain.
Despite the importance of the CTBT and building of its sophisticated verification mechanism there is a crucial challenge for the international disarmament regime constituted by the NPT and the CTBT as the major pillars of the regime.
Clinton sent the CTBT to the Senate, which rejected it in October 1999.