Ellen Tauscher Urges U.S. Senate to Ratify the CTBT

The Kittens agreed it was time for the U.S. to finally ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) for everyone on earth. Photo Credit: The Polychora at two weeks by General Wesc on flickr cc

The Kittens agreed it was time for the U.S. to finally ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) for everyone on earth. Photo Credit: The Polychora at two weeks by General Wesc on flickr cc

Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Ellen Tauscher addressed the 2011 AXIVC Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and urged the U.S. and other nations to pass the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Tauscher said,

“For the United States…One of our highest priorities is the ratification and entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. The Treaty is an essential step toward the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons, the vision President Obama articulated in Prague in April 2009.

The CTBT is central to leading nuclear weapons states toward a world of diminished reliance on nuclear weapons and reduced nuclear competition. With a global ban on nuclear explosive tests in place, states interested in pursuing or advancing their nuclear weapons programs would have to either risk deploying weapons uncertain of their effectiveness or face international condemnation, and possible sanctions, for conducting nuclear explosive tests.”

The Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) and the Women’s Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL)  encourage all Americans to tell their senators to pass the CTBT.

Nobel Laureate and former Manhattan Project scientist, Sir Joseph Rotblat, offers concrete steps to a safer world and why abolition of nuclear weapons is the sanest and safest way to insure a peaceful world:

Sir Joseph Rotblat – Steps to a Safer World

Joseph Rotblat

In Joseph Rotblat’s acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize, he included a quote from the Russell-Einstein Manifesto which he signed after WWII urging all nations to reduce the threat of nuclear war:

“Above all remember your humanity and forget the rest.”

What are your thoughts about nuclear disarmament and the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty?

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