Posted by: liviuhorovitz | April 7, 2010

U.S. Nuclear Posture Review Underlines Importance of the CTBT

The U.S. government published on 6 April 2010 the new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), a report presenting the results of a process meant to determine the role nuclear weapons in U.S. security strategy. In relation to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), the NPR stated:

Full Text of the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review

“U.S. arms control and disarmament efforts, as well as other means of reducing the role of nuclear weapons and moving toward a world without them, can make a major contribution to our goal of preventing nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. By demonstrating that we take seriously our NPT obligation to pursue nuclear disarmament, we strengthen our ability to mobilize broad international support for the measures needed to reinforce the non-proliferation regime and secure nuclear materials worldwide. We are doing so by: […]

  • Pursuing ratification and early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Ratification of the CTBT is central to leading other nuclear weapons states toward a world of diminished reliance on nuclear weapons, reduced nuclear competition, and eventual nuclear disarmament. U.S. ratification could also encourage ratification by other states, including China, and provide incentives for the remaining states to work toward entry into force of the treaty. Further, U.S. ratification of the CTBT would enable us to encourage non-NPT Parties to follow the lead of the NPT recognized Nuclear Weapon States in formalizing a heretofore voluntary testing moratorium, and thus strengthen strategic stability by reducing the salience of nuclear weapons in those states’ national defense strategies.”

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