VIENNA (IDN) – The CTBT (Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty) remains central to leading us toward a world of diminished reliance on nuclear weapons, reduced nuclear competition, and eventual nuclear disarmament. The legal ramifications of its entry into force, and the practical effects of its verification provisions, remain vital to achieving our ambition of a world without nuclear weapons.
With a global ban on nuclear explosive tests, states interested in pursuing nuclear weapons programs would have to either risk deploying weapons uncertain of their effectiveness, or face international condemnation for conducting nuclear tests.
And with the immense progress that the Preparatory Commission has made in the last decade toward establishing the CTBT’s verification regime, the International Monitoring System (IMS) is well on its way to providing States Signatories with an effective system for monitoring nuclear explosions anywhere in the world.
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