Iraq Ratified Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)

Sep 28, 2013 13:02 IST

Iraq Government on 27 September 2013 ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) at 68th session of UN General Assembly at New York, US.

Iraq's ratification of the treaty raised the number of countries that have adhered fully to the treaty to 161.

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. The remaining eight are China, the United States, India, Pakistan and North Korea; Israel, widely believed to have atomic weapons; Iran, suspected of wanting them; and Egypt.

About Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)

  1. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly as a resolution (A/RES/50/245) on 10 September 1996.
  2. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) bans nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere: on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground. So far 183 States have signed the Treaty of which 161 have now also ratified it.
  3. The Treaty establishes a CTBT Organization (CTBTO), located in Vienna, Austria to ensure the implementation of its provisions, including those provisions for international verification measures


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