On August 20, 2008, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) announced that Iraq had signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Most nations in the world are CTBT signatories. In November 2007, Iraq had announced its intention to accede to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), becoming a member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The CWC prohibits the use or undeclared storage of chemical weapons by member nations. Iraqi President Jalal Talibani commented that acceding to the Convention would allow Iraq to seek help from other members in eradicating environmental problems caused by the use of chemical weapons during the 1988 Anfal campaign against ethnic Kurds.
Learn more about Iraq from the JURIST news archive.
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