By William Lambers
Ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is a good start
It was July 16, 1945, when the first atomic bomb test was carried out by the United States. Since that time over 2,000 nuclear test explosions have been carried out, most of them by the United States and Russia. The most recent tests though have been by North Korea.
It’s in the best interest of all nations to stop nuclear testing. The costs of these tests are a dramatic burden in themselves. But the price keeps rising when you consider the international tensions that result.
Arms races also get fueled by nuclear testing, leading to more costs. In the end you dramatically weaken your society by spending on these weapons, a cost which the group Global Zero says will exceed a trillion dollars among the nuclear powers this decade.
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