Surprisingly enough, Libya is going to allow American and British inspection teams into their country, to verify compliance with the treaty. There is
some debate however, of just how far along Libya is with any nuclear weapons program....
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - In a new signal that Libya is serious about renouncing its weapons of mass destruction, U.N. officials said Wednesday
the North African country has ratified the nuclear test ban treaty.
Libya's nuclear program was far from producing a weapon and the treaty is 12 nations short of the 44 ratifications needed for it to enter into force.
Still, the announcement by the U.N. agency overseeing the agreement appeared to be a further sign of commitment by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to
give up nuclear weapons ambitions.
The Vienna-based agency - known as the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Organization - said that in ratifying the pact
earlier this month, Libya agreed to host a monitoring station at Misratah. That would be part of a network of 337 stations being set up worldwide to
verify compliance with terms of the treaty.
Libya announced Dec. 19 it was giving up its weapons of mass destruction after months of secret talks with the United States and Britain. It said then
it would sign the test ban treaty and become a party to the convention prohibiting chemical weapons.