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Cotton Statement on Reopening Debate Over the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

October 22, 2015

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.-Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement in response to Secretary Kerry's announcement of a new push for Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT):

"It's almost comical that Secretary Kerry wants to ‘re-energize' the debate over the flawed and unwise CTBT given that this is the same administration that gave away the farm during the Iran nuclear negotiations and is ignoring blatant violations of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by Russia, and watched fecklessly as North Korea has conducted nuclear tests and develops ballistic missiles with ranges capable of reaching the United States. The Senate overwhelmingly rejected the CTBT 16 years ago because it was a deeply flawed agreement. And it remains a deeply flawed agreement. It wasn't in our national security interests then, it's not in our interests now, and it won't be in the future. If the Obama Administration intends to ‘reopen' the discussion over Senate ratification of the CTBT then I intend to ‘reopen' the fight against it."