NATO endorses Test Ban Treaty

Encourages ratification of Treaty ‘without delay’

A NATO ministerial session resulted in a strong endorsement for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
The Defense Planning Committee and the Nuclear Planning Group of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, after meeting in Brussels December 2, stated:

“We fully support the goal that the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty should enter into force as soon as possible and, to this end, encourage all states to sign and ratify the Treaty without delay.”

NATO allies first showed their overwhelming commitment to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty when all 16 members -- Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States -- signed the Treaty the day it opened for signature at the United Nations September 24, 1996. The three proposed
NATO members -- the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland -- have also signed the Treaty and one, the Czech Republic, has ratified it.

President Clinton, the first to sign the Treaty, said that day, “This Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty will help to prevent the nuclear powers from developing more advanced and more dangerous weapons. It will limit the ability of other states to acquire such devices themselves. It points us toward a century in which the roles and risks of nuclear weapons can be further reduced, and ultimately eliminated.
“The signature of the world’s declared nuclear powers -- the United States, China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom -- along with those of the vast majority of its nations, will immediately create an international norm against nuclear testing, even before the treaty formally enters into force.”

The CTBT, submitted to the U.S. Senate September 22, 1997, marks an historic milestone in our efforts to reduce the nuclear threat and build a safer world.


  • The CTBT will prohibit any nuclear explosion whether for weapons or peaceful purposes.

  • The cessation of all nuclear weapon test explosions and all other nuclear explosions, by constraining the development and qualitative improvement of nuclear weapons, constitutes
  • an effective measure of nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.

  • It will thus contribute effectively to the prevention of nuclear proliferation and the process of nuclear disarmament and strengthen international security and peace.

  • Produced by the White House Working Group on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
    For more information on the CTBT: Phone: 202-647-8677 Fax: 202-647-6928