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CTBTO invites India to be an observer at meetings

CTBTO invites India to be an observer at meetings

The executive secretary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Lassina Zerbo, has invited India to be an observer in the CTBT.

Significance:

Being an observer would give India access to data from the International Monitoring System — a network which when complete will consist of 337 facilities (321 monitoring stations and 16 radionuclide labs) located in 89 countries.

This system can detect even small nuclear explosions using seismology, hydroacoustics, infrasound and radionuclide technology.

CTBT

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is a multilateral treaty that bans all nuclear explosions, 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 countries have not ratified the treaty.

The countries who are not signatories are North Korea, India and Pakistan. 5 countries who have signed but not ratified are: China, Egypt, Iran, Israel, and the United States.

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