The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which enjoys the broad support of
Americans, was submitted to Congress in September 1997. President Clinton has called
on the Senate to approve the Treaty this year. A majority of Americans approve of
that timetable. A recent nationwide poll showed 70 percent of the people, Republicans
and Democrats alike, favor a treaty to prohibit further nuclear explosions worldwide.
That support is reflected in the editorial pages of newspapers across the country, some
of which are excerpted here.
Los Angeles Times
“In 1996 President Clinton became the
first world leader to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits all
nuclear weapon tests and other nuclear explosions. But the long-sought pact, which
has since been signed by 147 other countries, still awaits U.S. Senate consideration.
...[I]naction threatens to prevent the United States from having a seat at the table
next year when a special conference of nations that have ratified the treaty meets to
consider how the accord can be more quickly put into force. The possibility that the
world’s leading nuclear power will be without a voice at that important meeting is as
embarrassing as it is absurd. ... Presidents of both parties have always recognized
the urgency of limiting access to nuclear weapon technology. ... It makes no sense now
to deny the United States and the rest of the world the chance to further control the
spread of nuclear arms.”|
The News and Observer, Raleigh, N.C.
“The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty being considered
by the Senate represents an invaluable chance to help put the nuclear weapons genie back
in its bottle. The treaty ... would drastically reduce the nuclear threat by prohibiting
all nuclear explosions, above and below ground. That prohibition would hamper rogue
nations from building nuclear arsenals.... The Senate should ratify this enforceable worldwide agreement because it would be a large
step toward eliminating the threat of nuclear warfare -- the ultimate act of defense.”