This is the first multilateral negotiation on nuclear weapons since the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was adopted in 1996.
India already possesses a sufficient arsenal of fission weapons. Signing the CTBT now would lead to diplomatic gains and strengthen its case for NSG membership.
Barack Obama is seeking to boost his legacy, but his plan will see some resistance from the Republicans. India, meanwhile, has chosen not to frame a position until the draft resolution is on the table.
The CTBTO invited members from all echelons of global society – scholars, academia, youth, artists and the media – to restart discussions on the test-ban’s legal entry into force.