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Current as of: September 11, 1996
Created September 10, 1996


The Purpose of the CTBT

By banning all nuclear explosions, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) will:

The CTBT thus marks an historic milestone in our efforts to reduce the nuclear threat and build a safer world.

The CTBT Parties

The CTBT was negotiated in the Geneva Conference on Disarmament (CD), recently expanded to include 61 member states, between January 1994 and August 1996. The Treaty shall be open to all states for signature before its entry into force, and any state can accede to the Treaty after that date. Thus, its participation can be universal.

CTBT's Central Features