U.S. working to achieve CTBT entry in force

U.S. working to achieve CTBT entry in force

The United States is working to achieve the Comprehensive Nuclear‑Test‑Ban Treaty's entry into force,  Acting Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs U.S. Mission to the United Nations Jeffrey DeLaurentis said at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the 25th Anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

"The United States supports the CTBT and is committed to working to achieve its entry into force, recognizing the significant challenges that lie ahead in reaching this goal," he said.

The CTBT is a multilateral treaty that bans all nuclear tests, for both civilian and military purposes, in all environments. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 September 1996, but has not entered into force, as eight specific nations have not ratified the treaty. Still missing are Egypt, India, Iran, Israel and Pakistan, as well as China, North Korea and the United States.