COMPREHENSIVE TEST BAN TREATY (CTBT) Work on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty began in January 1994 and concluded on 28 June 1996 The treaty was opened for signatures soon after its adoption, and by the time India and Pakistan conducted nuclear tests in May 1998, 149 countries had already signed it Only 13 have fully ratified it The treaty cannot take effect unless it is ratified by 44 countries that have nuclear reactors This includes India, Pakistan, and North Korea Although the treaty was signed by Israel, it has yet to ratify it The Western powers exerted a great deal of pressure on both India and Pakistan to sign the CTBT after the two countries conducted nuclear tests in May 1998

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