Moratoriums on nuclear tests not enough

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The world has a chance to learn that moratoriums on testing nuclear weapons are not enough in creating a nuclear weapon-free world.

That's what the spokesperson for the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Annika Thunborg said on Thursday.

Ms. Thunborg was speaking to reporters in New York to mark 50 years since the United States and the former Soviet Union decided to resume their testing of nuclear weapons after a temporary halt.

"Today, 50 years later and 1,500 nuclear explosions later we have a new chance to learn the lessons from history. Today we do have a Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, a treaty that bans all nuclear explosions. It's actually another anniversary this year for that treaty, its 15-year anniversary. Fifteen years ago on 24 September this treaty opened for signature here in New York."

Duration: 25"

Annika Thunborg said that the nuclear test ban treaty has 182 member states and 154 of them have ratified it.

She added, however, that nine more countries, many of which have nuclear weapons, need to ratify the treaty before it can come into force.

These states are the United States, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, Egypt, Iran and Indonesia.

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