Indonesia signs global nuclear test ban treaty

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Indonesia's signing of the global nuclear test ban treaty, thus bringing it one step closer to becoming international law, has been welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, or CTBT, adopted 15 years ago by the UN General Assembly, aims to make nuclear testing illegal worldwide.

So far, the treaty has been signed by 182 states but needs 44 signatures for it to come into force.

Indonesia is one of the so-called Annex 2 States, whose ratification is required for the treaty to enter into force.

The States in that group that have yet to ratify are China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States.

Mr. Ban has urged all remaining States to sign and ratify the CTBT, with the aim of bringing it into force by 2012.

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