Monitoring A Test Ban

Sands, Matthew
March 1963
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Mar1963, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p12
This article focuses on the progress of a treaty banning tests of nuclear weapons. The Conference of Experts from East and West produced in 1958 a unanimous report on the technical requirements for policing a test ban. However, after three years of debate, the political Conference on the Discontinuance of Nuclear Weapons Tests was discontinued because of little progress toward resolving the outstanding disputes. In 1961 and 1962, the U.S. attempted to move the negotiations forward with new initiatives. It is noted that the test ban was taken up during 1962 by the Eighteen Nation Committee on Disarmament of the United Nations. The disagreements on the administration of a test ban are indicative of problems that would arise in any disarmament agreement.


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