In an editorial for Science Magazine, US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz says that a permanent end to nuclear explosive testing, combined with sustained reliable deterrence, is in the national security interest of the United States and its allies and friends.
Moniz says the two reasons why the Senate did not ratify the CTBT in 1999 were firstly, the newly created science-based stockpile stewardship program was not yet completed, and secondly there was still uncertainty about the ability to detect low-yield clandestine underground tests. He says since then the science and technology matured, and “the time has come to revisit CTBT ratification”.
“The next U.S. Administration and the Congress should revisit the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in view of current realities and work together toward enhanced security through ratification and an international push for entry into force.“
Original Article by Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy
Photo: US Department of Energy