Russia to verify compliance with CTBT next year

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization announced on Wednesday that Russia plans to complete a network of systems that will verify its compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

Russia plans to finish its creation of the International Monitoring System in 2014, the creation of which will help to verify its compliance with the CTBT. In its current state, Russia has 25 networks operating, second only to the United States.

There are a total of 200 networks working around the world at the moment that translate their data to the CTBTO headquarters in Vienna. That number should eventually reach 337 networks that will not only detect nuclear tests, but be able to warn about tsunamis and earthquakes.

In Russia, seismic, infra-sound and radionuclide monitoring is currently set up in the networks, with more to come in the future. Sonar systems are left off the list because they are established in international waters.

There are currently 183 countries signed on to the CTBT, with 161 states having ratified it. Supporters include Russia, France and Britain, who have signed and ratified, and the United States and China, who have only signed.