The U.S., Iran and the Nuke Test Ban Treaty
By William Lambers
American diplomat Richard Rush once said that “time” was “the best negotiator.” Time may also have convinced Iran that it’s just not worth it to pursue a nuclear weapons program.” Iran’s actions in the coming months will tell the tale of course.
While pursuing a resolution to Iran’s nuclear program, it’s also time for another key action on the road to peace: ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). This treaty bans all nuclear test explosions. For the treaty to take effect the U.S., Iran, China, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Israel and North Korea need to ratify it.
This reality coupled with last month’s events at the UN General Assembly bring hope and opportunity for nuclear security and peace in the Middle East. President Obama said after speaking with President Rouhani, “We’re mindful of all the challenges ahead. The very fact that this was the first communication between an American and Iranian President since 1979 underscores the deep mistrust between our countries, but it also indicates the prospect of moving beyond that difficult history.”
So this potential diplomatic opening can hopefully resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis. It can also serve as an opportunity to further nuclear non-proliferation efforts worldwide. The best place to start is by closing the door on nuclear testing forever and ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
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