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Russian UN envoy hopes UN SC will adopt resolution calling for ban of nuclear tests

September 17, 4:46 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
"There were some good changes, and now hopefully that resolution is going to be adopted," Vitaly Churkin said
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UNITED NATIONS, September 17. /TASS/. Russian Ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin hopes that the UN Security Council will adopt a resolution next week calling on countries to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

"There were some good changes, and now hopefully that resolution is going to be adopted," Churkin told journalists on Saturday. "And to us, the main element of that resolution will be calling on everybody to ratify CTBT because the only way to be on solid ground is to ratification of CTBT," he added.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1996. It was signed by 183 countries and adopted by 164, including Russia. However, CTBT has not yet entered into force because the eight countries that possess nuclear weapons or potential for making them, had not yet ratified it. Among those countries are Egypt, Israel, India, Iran, China, North Korea, Pakistan and the United States.

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