Why Not Accept a Ban?

Ronald Reagan is the only President since the U.S. first developed the Bomb to oppose a comprehensive ban on the testing of atomic weapons. In 1963, two years after the Soviets broke an unofficial 34-month moratorium, John Kennedy sent Diplomat Averell Harriman to Moscow in hopes of securing such a sweeping ban; he returned after twelve days with only the Limited Test Ban Treaty, which forbade explosions in the atmosphere and oceans but not underground. The Nixon Administration in 1974 negotiated the Threshold Test Ban Treaty, limiting underground blasts to no more than 150 kilotons; like SALT II, it was never...

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