UN entity works hard to get nuclear test ban treaty to enter into force

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Mr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) at a briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The United Nations entity overseeing a global treaty to ban nuclear tests will continue to work hard to get the necessary signatures and ratifications for the treaty to enter into force.

That's what Lassina Zerbo, the new Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) told reporters on Wednesday.

He said over 90 per cent of countries have said 'no' to nuclear test explosions with 183 countries having signed the nuclear test ban treaty.

Mr. Zerbo said of these, 159 have ratified the treaty, which means that it has been approved by their national parliaments.

However, he added, the treaty has to be signed and ratified by the remaining eight countries for it to enter into force.

"We are indeed, working hard, day in and day out to try and secure their ratification by building the framework that will give the trust necessary for those countries to understand that the ratification of this treaty is part of their own national security as well as the international peace and security. This is what we are trying to do and this is what we will continue doing until this treaty enters into force."

The countries that have not signed and ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty are China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the United States.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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