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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: A Strategy for Achieving Senate Approval of the CTBT

Author: John Isaacs
April 15, 2009

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John Isaacs examines the congressional politics surrounding President Obama's pledge to achieve a global ban on nuclear testing.

Excerpt: On April 5, speaking in Prague, President Barack Obama delivered his first public commitment to seek the Senate's advice and consent for ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. He told his audience: "To achieve a global ban on nuclear testing, my administration will immediately and aggressively pursue U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty [CTBT]." He added, "After more than five decades of talks, it is time for the testing of nuclear weapons to finally be banned."

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