US Nuclear Test Ban Ratification ‘Just Not Going to Happen’

Senate Unlikely to Even Consider Treaty This Year

While the Obama Administration claimed a major victory on nuclear disarmament last week with the finalization of the new START treaty with Russia, repeated delays in the negotiations mean it will come at a serious cost to the overall effort to sell the moves to the Senate.

With mid-term elections just seven months away, analysts say that the effort to get the START treaty ratified will force the Obama Administration to abandon efforts on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

It’s just not going to happen,” noted Joseph Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund. The administration has yet to clarify its new timeframe on the ratification of the contentious test ban treaty.

The Senate has already rejected the CTBT once, in October of 1999. And while President Obama has advocated its ratification, it seems that putting it off past the mid-term election will almost certainly damage the chances that it sees the light of day.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of