explosive testing, the operation of our weapons in the future. We have instituted a
rigorous and technically sophisticated program of stockpile stewardship, and we are
confident that with this program we can maintain a safe and reliable nuclear stockpile
without nuclear testing.
The Treaty was carefully negotiated to ensure it would not
prohibit activities we will carry out to maintain our deterrent. Moreover, the President
has established concrete, specific Safeguards that define the conditions under which the
United States can enter into a CTBT.
untested design (which military leaders might
find unacceptable), as well as constrain any further improvements in nuclear weapon
design. Other potential adherents with nuclear capabilities would, without direct
foreign assistance, be constrained from developing with confidence sophisticated
nuclear weapons beyond simple fission designs.
Pakistan and Iran. In the same way, U.S.
ratification of the CTBT will
encourage ratification by other states.
|Produced by the White House Working Group on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty|
For more information on the CTBT: Phone: 202-647-8677 Fax: 202-647-6928