Argument: Nuclear test ban lacks commitment to nuclear disarmament

Issue Report: Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty


Commenting on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in September 1996, India’s former Minister for External Affairs, IK Gujral, said” “It is not a ‘comprehensive treaty,’ (as) it permits the nuclear weapon states to continue their weapons related research and development activity using non-explosive technologies; it lacks any meaningful commitment to nuclear disarmament and instead of being the definitive first step of the nuclear disarmament process, it only serves to perpetuate the existing discriminatory status quo.” This was the keystone of India’s stand on the CTBT in the 1990s.”[1]