President Clinton's national security principals are stressing the benefits
of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which will ban all nuclear explosions
forever. The President asked Congress to join him in pursuing an "ambitious agenda to
reduce the serious threat of weapons of mass destruction," and called for the Senate to
approve the Treaty this year. Following are excerpts of key officials' statements as
they work to fulfill the President's State of the Union agenda.
Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State
"An essential part of our strategy to reduce the nuclear danger is the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty now pending before the Senate. By ending testing, we can hinder both the
development and spread of new and more dangerous weapons.
The CTBT has been a goal of U.S. Presidents since Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy. It has
the support of 70 percent of the American people. It has been endorsed by four former
Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Generals John Shalikashvili, Colin Powell and
David Jones, and Admiral William Crowe. And it holds the promise of a world forever
free of nuclear explosions.
"But if we are to fulfill this promise, America must lead the way this year in
ratifying the Treaty, just as we did in negotiating and signing it. Mr. Chairman, I
respectfully seek an early opportunity to testify before this Committee on a treaty
that our citizens want and our interests demand."
|Senate Foreign Relations Committee|
|Feb. 10, 1998|
Federico Peña, Secretary of Energy
"Thirty-five years ago, President Kennedy called the completion of the Limited Test
Ban Treaty 'a shaft of light cut into the darkness of the Cold War.' Today, we have the
historic opportunity for a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and with it, the opportunity to
transform that shaft of light into a beacon that will illuminate our path to a safer future.
It stands before the United States Senate right now to decide.
"We have the technology. We have the support of the American people. We have the
endorsement of four of the former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the current
Chairman, the current Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Commander in Chief of Strategic
Command. We have a legacy that extends from President