Bechhoefer, Bernhard G.
May 1964
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;May1964, Vol. 20 Issue 5, p25
The article reports on the debate in the U.S. Senate leading to the ratification of the nuclear test-ban treaty. During the discussion, it was pointed out that the test ban does not reduce any armaments whatever and therefore is hardly a disarmament measure. Critics assert that it does not prevent the continuation of the nuclear arms race among the great powers, and does not even prevent nuclear testing just so long as it is underground. Nevertheless, with all its limitations, the test-ban agreement could be a turning point leading to at least a slowing of the arms race. Its significance can be seen simply by contrasting it with the negotiations for arms control and disarmament which have taken place ever since the end of the Second World War.


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