20 June 1996: Government of India refuses to sign CTBT at the Geneva Conference
India refused to sign the CTBT reasoning that the treaty was discriminatory. The United States, which had fired and tested more than 2000 nuclear devices which had the capacity of destroying the world many times over, apparently suddenly realized that there was no need to test nuclear devices any more. The second objection India had with the CTBT was that the nuclear weapon states, which were led by the United States, were not agreeing to commit themselves to a time-bound disarmament schedule.
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