UN nuclear test ban needs to be enforced, says Uruguay's vice minister

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Jose Luis Cancela, Urugua’s vice minister of foreign affairs with Lassina Zerbo, CTBTO Executive Secretary at the Science and Technology Conference 2017 in Vienna, Austria. UN Photo/R.Riveros

A ban on all nuclear testing would send a "clear message" that the international community is determined to achieve a nuclear-free world.

That's what José Luis Cancela, Uruguay's vice minister of foreign affairs, said during the Science and Technology Conference 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which prohibits all nuclear explosions, was adopted by the UN General Assembly 20 years ago but it has yet to come into force.

Forty-four countries identified as "having a nuclear capacity" need to ratify the treaty for it to take effect, however, eight of them have yet to do so.

Mr Cancela explained to Rocio Franco Riveros how the nuclear test ban would stop the spread of these deadly weapons.

Duration: 4'25''

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