test ban


Definition of test ban 

: a self-imposed partial or complete ban on the testing of nuclear weapons that is mutually agreed to by countries possessing such weapons

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a nuclear test ban treaty

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So the treaty and the organization hang in limbo, preparing for a day when the world’s nuclear powers all agree to support the test ban. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Meet the scientists keeping a global watch for nuclear explosions," 9 May 2018 Because of nuclear test bans, the only legit way to stop worrying and learn to steward the bomb supply is to simulate—on a supercomputer—what’s going on inside. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Cosmic Ray Showers Crash Supercomputers. Here's What to Do About It," 4 June 2018 Even so, no one has broken the de facto test ban since 1998 — except for North Korea. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Meet the scientists keeping a global watch for nuclear explosions," 9 May 2018 President Trump may be an unlikely champion for a nuclear test ban. Sharon Squassoni, Fortune, "Commentary: There’s Something Trump Can Do to Make Sure Kim Actually Stops Testing Nukes," 27 Apr. 2018 During the Cold War, woman peace activists were instrumental in making negotiations of a partial nuclear test ban treaty a reality. Izumi Nakamitsu, Teen Vogue, "International Women’s Day 2018: The Women Who Have Shaped Policies on Nuclear Weapons," 8 Mar. 2018 In 2016, before the results of a drug test banned her from tennis, Maria Sharapova thought about the end of her career. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Retire at 30? Sharapova Now Says No," 4 Sep. 2017 Lassina Zerbo, head of the U.N. test ban treaty organization, said sanctions already imposed against North Korea aren't working. CBS News, "Mattis says any threat to U.S., allies will be met with "massive" military response," 3 Sep. 2017

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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: an official agreement between countries with nuclear weapons to not test those weapons

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