Armenia has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, bringing to 133 the total number of countries who have endorsed the pact, the Vienna-based organization that administers the accord said Monday.
Armenia formally notified the United Nations on July 12 that it had thrown its full support behind the pact, which bans test explosions or any other nuclear explosions, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization said in a statement.
In order to take effect, the treaty has to be signed and ratified by 44 states - listed in an annex – who participated in a 1996 disarmament conference and who at the time possessed nuclear power or research reactors. To date, only 34 have done so, the organization said. The holdouts include the United States, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.