UN chief ups pressure on nuclear test ban holdouts

By REUTERS
February 17, 2012 18:24

 
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VIENNA - The United Nations chief stepped up efforts on Friday to persuade eight holdout states to ratify a 1990s treaty to ban nuclear weapon tests, and said governments were now spending vast amounts on building "arsenals of death."

More than 150 countries have so far ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) but the United States, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran, North Korea and Egypt must also do so before it can become international law.

"It is distressing that this treaty has yet to enter into force," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a conference on the pact in Vienna, where its Preparatory Commission is based.

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