National Security Advisor Sandy Berger and Secretary of Energy Bill
Richardson announced on January 6 that ratification of the Comprehensive
Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) this year is a top priority of the
Administration. Addressing an international conference on nuclear
nonproliferation sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International
Peace, both stressed the importance to U.S. security of prompt and
positive action by the U.S. Senate to approve the CTBT.
ratify also seriously erodes our ability
as a nation to lead in nonproliferation matters. Without
ratification, we undercut our credibility in persuading India
and Pakistan to join us in this important regime.
||Department of Energy to ensure the safety and reliability of our nuclear weapons in the absence of nuclear weapon testing. The Secretary said, "Because this program has enabled us to maintain confidence in our nuclear deterrent, just last month, Secretary Cohen and I were able to sign the third annual certification to the President that the stockpile is safe and reliable, and that nuclear testing is not required at this time. This certification process, which we conduct each year, consists of a rigorous review by our nation's best nuclear experts. The process itself allows us to revalidate our confidence in the stockpile - and our continued adherence to the Treaty - on an annual basis."|
|Produced by the White House Working Group on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty|
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