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Nuclear test ban body offers India 'observer' status

IANS  |  Vienna 

The Organisation (CTBTO) has offered an "Observer" status and access to International Monitoring System (IMS) data.

Addressing a group of Indian journalists at in Austria, said, "I'm not asking to ratify (the treaty)...I know that is not possible now...but I think giving the opportunity to join as an observer could be a good starting point."

CTBTO runs International Monitoring System (IMS) that constantly monitors the planet for nuclear explosions and shares findings with its member states. At present, IMS has 337 facilities, located in 89

"I think India will gain a lot with data that you don't have access to now...Nowhere can you get this quality of data necessary for earthquake monitoring and following the radioisotope dispersion," added Zerbo.

CTBT is a global treaty with the objective of banning all nuclear explosions across the world. In 1996, it was opened for signature after being adopted by the However, the treaty has yet to come into force as it is considered "discriminatory" by several including India.

India has not signed the treaty yet as it favours five nuclear weapon states -- China, US, Russia, and UK. India wants the treaty to have a clause on complete nuclear disarmament.

Although US and have signed the treaty but they are yet to ratify it. has also not signed the treaty as yet.

Zerbo pointed out that has agreed to set up five IMS stations on its soil. Pakistan, he said, has joined the organisation as an observer.

He has invited India to attend a science and scheduled between June 24 and 28 in



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 07:52 IST