Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | May 8, 2018

Commentary: There’s Something Trump Can Do to Make Sure Kim Actually Stops Testing Nukes

In an op-ed in FORTUNESharon Squassoni, a professor at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs, discusses North Korea’s denuclearisation and the stepping stones towards this goal. She argues that while the denuclearisation process will be slow, “the quickest route would be for North Korea to sign an existing treaty that bans all nuclear tests”- the CTBT. To support this claim, she writes that “signing onto an international test ban would make Kim’s moratorium permanent and break the pattern thus far of taking two steps forward only to fall five steps back.” Therefore, in the negotiation rounds, Squassoni says that the CTBT “shouldn’t be added on top of what is likely a long list of requirements for nuclear disarmament, but instead, constitute its own simple, yet big, diplomatic gesture.” Why? Because, as Squassoni points out, “although the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) hasn’t fully entered into force, it has been functioning as if it has.”

Read the full op-ed here.

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