Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | May 11, 2011

U.S. Official Makes the Case for U.S. Ratification of the CTBT

U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher spoke at the Arms Control Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on 10 May 2011. The event also included a panel, titled “The Test Ban and National Security,” that included remarks by Utah State Representative Ryan D. Wilcox, Richard Garwin, and Lynn R. Sykes. Below is a selection of articles that focus on Ellen Tauscher’s remarks.

Obama administration to push for test ban treaty, by Susan Cornwell (Reuters) 

[This story was picked up by dozens major news media around the world (including the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, AP, Yonhap, India Times, and RIA Novosti) and national U.S. newspapers.]

Excerpt: “Nowhere would these (treaty) constraints be more relevant than in Asia, where you see states building up and modernizing their forces,” Tauscher said. A global ban on testing “would help reduce the chances of a potential regional arms race,’ she said.

Push for nuclear test ban treaty ratification starting soon, by Josh Rogin (Foreign Policy) 

Excerpt: “[W]e are in a stronger position to make the case for the CTBT on its merits. To maintain and enhance that momentum, the administration is preparing to engage the Senate and the public on an education campaign that we expect will lead to ratification of the CTBT,” Tauscher said. Tauscher explained that the administration will make three arguments in favor of ratifying the CTBT. The administration will argue the United States no longer needs to conduct nuclear explosive tests, that if CTBT enters into force it will provide a disincentive for other states to conduct nuclear tests, and that the international community now has a greater ability to catch those who cheat.

The Case for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Ellen Tauscher (US State Department) 

[U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher’s prepared remarks given at the Arms Control Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on 10 May 2011.]

Excerpt: When it comes to the CTBT, the United States is in a curious position. We abide by the core prohibition of the Treaty because we don’t need to test nuclear weapons. And we have contributed to the development of the International Monitoring System. But the principal benefit of ratifying the Treaty, constraining other states from testing, still eludes us. That doesn’t make any sense to me and it shouldn’t make any sense to the Members of the Senate.


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