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Letters: Ratify nuclear test ban

Published: Thursday, Feb. 7 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

While North Korea is threatening to conduct a new nuclear test and concern continues to mount regarding Iran's nuclear program, it was nice to be reminded that there is something constructive the United States can do. On Sunday, Jan. 27 at the First Baptist Church, the Second Annual Day of Remembrance for Downwinders was commemorated ("Utahns Pause to Honor Downwinders," Jan. 27). During the interfaith service, those in attendance were reminded of the true costs of nuclear testing and the need to guarantee it never happens again.

In 1992, the United States initiated a moratorium on all nuclear test explosions which led to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The United States was the first to sign the treaty in 1996, but the Senate has yet to ratify it. Now is the time for the Senate to give its advice and consent. Ratification of the CTBT would advance prospects for the treaty's global entry into force and put additional pressure on North Korea and Iran to comply.

Senior U.S. officials have called for a thoughtful reconsideration of the treaty. With Utah's downwinder history, I hope Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee will support this effort.

Christine G. Meecham

Salt Lake City

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