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Published: Sunday, April 15 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Good letter. I'd add that international disarmament is a major focus of President Obama. And good for him.

PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

Signing the test ban would be a BIG mistake, and I think the day would come when we'd regret having signed it. While it sounds good on the surface, it's very unrealistic. Our signing of the treaty would have no effect in persuading rogue nations to sign (they'd see it merely as a sign of weakness), so we'd only be handicapping ourselves.

While it sounds like a paradox, keeping our nuclear arsenal up to date and working precisely is a powerful factor in maintaining peace in the world. I realize there are still many conflicts, but it would be much worse without our nuclear weapons.

Some say that testing is no longer necessary, but, sorry, I don't believe it. Modern methods can allow testing without the health hazard of decades past. Signing this test ban treaty would be naive and foolish indeed.

r_r
Salt Lake City, UT

Peanut gallery, respectfully, you seem to have some items confused. First, the test ban treaty has no effect on whether we're keeping our nuclear arsenal up to date and working.

The National Academy of the Sciences, the JASON group, and D'Agostino - Undersecretary for the NNSA, have all declared that modern methods of testing the weapons with high speed computers and simulations are not only more than adequate to insure the the continued security of our nukes, but also that we now know more about the weapons than we ever did under the archaic practice of atmospheric or underground explosive testing.

The CTBT bans only explosive testing - something the US has had a voluntary moratorium against for 20 years. The CTBT does not ban testing using computers or simulations. The modern methods of testing without the health hazards that you site, Peanut Gallery, are still allowed under the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

US ratification of the CTBT would be a significant step towards creating a truly global prohibition against nuclear testing: a useful tool when dealing with North Korea in the coming months.

The real hazard is our nation's slow movement towards ratifying the Test Ban Treaty.

VST
Bountiful, UT

I think the opinion writers (Trisha Beck, 11 Apr 2012, and Jay Truman, this opinion) are focusing on the wrong issue regarding the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). They are focusing upon the radiation effects from past tests, which are no longer an issue here in the U.S. Why? Because the U.S. is already in compliance with the intent of the treaty - we have not conducted any nuclear tests since 1992. None is needed now or in the foreseeable future. We will not loose any technical edge by not performing open-air or underground explosive tests.

So, from my perspective, what would really be gained by signing the CTBT is the following:

1. A positive benefit of politically creating greater pressure upon other nuclear powers (e.g. China, India, Pakistan, etc.) that have not ratified the treaty to cease nuclear explosive testing. We do have effective ways today of monitoring to ensure treaty compliance.

2. It would reduce the risk of those nuclear powers developing more advanced warhead designs via conducting their own explosive nuclear tests.

The CTBT should be ratified by the U.S.

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