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Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has renewed his call to states that have not ratified the United Nations-backed treaty to ban all nuclear tests to do so.
A vast majority of countries have endorsed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Indonesia is the latest state to sign the Treaty.
But for the CTBT to enter into force, it needs to be ratified by eight countries, including the North Korea, China, and the United States.
By remaining outside the Treaty, Ban told the eight, they have failed to live up to their responsibility as a member of the international community.
“There is a direct link between ending nuclear testing and eradicating nuclear weapons. The cessation of nuclear tests will constrain the development of nuclear weapons. Today, I repeat my call to those eight States to ratify the CTBT.” (Duration: 19″)
Mr. Ban made his remarks during the Sixth Ministerial Meeting of the Parties to the CTBT.