The total number of countries that have ratified the United Nations-backed Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) has inched closer to 150 after Liberia ratified the agreement this week.
Liberia’s ratification on Monday brings the total number of countries having ratified the CTBT to 149, according to the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).
Of course, the real problem to implementing the CTBT is that nine of the 44 so-called “Annex 2” states — those that had nuclear weapons technology in 1996, when the treaty was written — still haven’t ratified. Only when they do (ahem, United States!) will the treaty go into effect.