The Chicago Tribune in its 26 October issue hosted an op-ed by CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth entitled “A nuclear world: 50 years after Cuban missile crisis, the world waits to move back the hands on doomsday clock”
Ambassador Tóth states that the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis was much more than a ‘crisis’. It took statesmanship as well as sheer luck for Kennedy and Khrushchev to pull the world back from nuclear Armageddon. A year later, the Partial Test Ban Treaty was put in place. Yet today, 50 years and 1,500 nuclear tests later, the world is still waiting to close the door on nuclear testing through the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.
“Both leaders knew at the time that their counterparts held thousands of nuclear weapons in their arsenals. More nuclear bombs were detonated in 1962 than in any year before or since. Even as the world held its breath during those October days of impending catastrophe, nuclear testing continued.”
“Fifty years and 1,500 tests later, with three times more nuclear warheads and three times more nuclear-armed states, the world is still waiting to close the door on nuclear testing through the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.”
Read the full text of the op-ed in HTML form here.
Or view in PDF format here: TiborTóth_ChicagoTribune_10-26-12
For more on the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and nuclear testing see the relevant CTBTO highlight here.