Argument: Warheads and deterrence cannot be maintained without testing

Issue Report: Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty


Paula Desutter. “The Test Ban Treaty Would Help North Korea”. Wall Street Journal. June 1, 2009: “Suppose that both the United States and North Korea were parties to the CTBT. Despite popular arms-control rhetoric, the treaty would give us no more leverage over North Korea than we have now. Pyongyang violated agreements in the past and would be likely to test. But the U.S. would still be prohibited from ever testing its nuclear weapons to ensure their safety and reliability and to strengthen deterrence. Our nuclear umbrella, already thin, will become increasingly tattered as the North hones its weapons and delivery systems.”