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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 31, 2002
3:06 PM
CONTACT:  Council for a Livable World
John Isaacs - 202.546.4100 ext.131
Council for a Livable World Lauds Test Ban Study
 
WASHINGTON - July 31 - Council for a Livable World welcomes the report issued today by the National Academy of Sciences concerning the technical issues related to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

A copy of the study, Technical Issues Related to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban, is available at: http://www.nap.edu/html/ctbt/

That prestigious body has found that: "The main technical concerns raised about the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty when the Senate refused to ratify it in 1999 are all manageable."

The report further concludes that: "Verification capabilities for the treaty are better than generally supposed, U.S. adversaries could not significantly advance their nuclear weapons capabilities through tests below the threshold of detection, and the United States has the technical capabilities to maintain confidence in the safety and reliability of its existing weapons stockpile without periodic nuclear tests."

The report was prepared in response to a request from General John Shalikashvili, former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former special adviser to the President and the Secretary of State for the test ban treaty.

John Isaacs, president of Council for a Livable World, today said that the report definitively addresses criticisms leveled against the test ban treaty during the Senate debate in 1999.

"The technical arguments against the test ban treaty have now been effectively rebutted; the only remaining opposition comes from the Bush Administration and Members of Congress trapped in their ideological cages," concluded Isaacs.

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