Utah: A clear stand against nuclear testing

Generous Contribution by OPEC to CTBTO Pilot Project

A pilot project to enable experts from developing countries to attend technical meetings organized by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) is now in its third year. The project is funded solely through voluntary contributions, the largest single one coming from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development (OFID): US$ 100,000.

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U.K.'s Prime Minister Brown: "...sign and ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty"

In his speech on "Nuclear Energy and Proliferation" at the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference in London on 17 March 2009, U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown advocated outlawing nuclear tests, describing the measure as "consistent with the long term needs and interests of every state" together with capping the production of weapons useable fissile material. The United Kingdom was the first nuclear weapons State according to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to ratify the CTBT together with France on 6 April 1998.

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Corral That Bomb Testing (C.T.B.T.)

Travis Sharp from the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation has published a four-piece article on the organization's blog, titled with an original alternative for the abbreviation "CTBT". The author makes recommendations on how the case for the Treaty's ratification by the United States Congress can be presented convincingly, including addressing verification and evasion issues thoroughly.

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The World's Debt to Bikini

Jack Niedenthal is a long-time liaison officer for the people of the Bikini Atoll, a small necklace of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In his article on the history of the beautiful atoll, he sheds light on the islander's plight during and after the U.S. nuclear tests. One of these was the 15 megaton Castle Bravo nuclear test that caused the worst radiological disaster in U.S. history.

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Renew the Drive for CTBT Ratification

United States senior democratic foreign policy staffer, Jofi Joseph, encourages President Obama to start reaching out to the U.S. Senate this year in order to achieve the necessary two-thirds majority for the CTBT's ratification, which he describes as "a significant foreign policy and national security goal." The author argues that this step would "reenergize a flagging nonproliferation regime and offer the United States important leverage on key challenges like Iran and North Korea."

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Utah Professors: "...ratification of the CTBT is of supreme importance for national security."

Two physics professors at the University of Utah, United States, Carleton Detar and Farrell Edwards, make the case for the CTBT's ratification by the United States. According to the authors, the country would gain higher levels of national security and international influence. The professors' analysis regarding the CTBT's verification regime: "It is now virtually impossible for anyone to conduct a clandestine test."

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Matheson Reintroduces N-Testing Bill

According to an article in the Deserat News, U.S. Congressman Jim Matheson (Utah) has introduced a bill into Congress that would, amongst other measures, increase the protection of populations close to the Nevada Test Site by making renewed nuclear testing contingent on approval by U.S. Congress.

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Nuclear Weapons, The Great Lakes and Lake Champlain?

William Lambers identifies timeless lessons from arms control treaties and their role in securing peace and  "avoiding a dangerous and expensive arms competition." The author draws a parallel between the 1817 Rush-Bagot agreement between Great Britain and the United States, designed to disarm the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain, and modern-day nuclear arms control measures such as the CTBT.

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Sleuthing Seismic Signals

Katie Walter of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory describes modern seismic technology's ability to detect and locate nuclear explosions. The advent of fully 3-D simulation capabilities and other developments have created a new age for nuclear test monitoring, allowing the CTBTO's International Monitoring System to detect nuclear explosions even more effectively.

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U.S. must ratify ban on nuke tests

According to an article in the U.S. newspaper, Capital Times, as long as nuclear weapons exist, it is only a matter of time before they are used either by accident or intentionally. An enormous step towards removing this threat to both the United States and the rest of the world would be for all States to ratify the CTBT, the article argues.

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The Threshold Test Ban Treaty

Edward Ifft, senior advisor at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, provides a detailed look at the negotiations that led to the Threshold Test Ban Treaty in 1974. The history of these negotiations provides many lessons that can currently be applied to the CTBT. Ifft also points out the misconceptions and problems usually associated with arms control negotiations.

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