The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Joseph Deiss, has asked the international community to ensure the implementation of a treaty banning nuclear tests.
The call came on Friday just as the Assembly held a special session to mark the international day against nuclear tests, which is officially observed on august 29th.
Deiss said that the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which was approved in 1996, is unfortunately still not in force, and commended Kazakhstan, which unilaterally banned nuclear tests 20 years ago, for playing a lead role in campaigning for an end to nuclear tests.
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The UN says that although 154 states have signed and ratified the nuclear test ban treaty, nine more, many of which have nuclear weapons, need to ratify it before it can come into force.
These nine states are the United States, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, Egypt, Iran and Indonesia.