The Road to a Treaty Ending Nuclear Weapons Testing
The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) bans all nuclear weapons test explosions. The treaty has not yet entered into force as eight countries: China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the United States, have yet to ratify the CTBT.
Efforts to achieve a treaty ending nuclear weapons testing go back to the Cold War. Here is video footage and documents of test ban treaty efforts leading up to the present day.
President Dwight Eisenhower’s Statement on the Suspension of Nuclear Testing on August 22nd, 1958
Read an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer about the power of the hydrogen bomb (March 18, 1957)
Read a memorandum of a meeting in which President Eisenhower and British Prime Minister Macmillan discuss the importance of a nuclear test ban treaty. (courtesy Eisenhower Library)
Short Video of President Eisenhower Talking About a Letter He Wrote to Nikita Khrushchev in Which He Proposed a Limited Nuclear Test Ban.
Books on the history of nuclear weapons and the test ban treaty