Secretary of State Dean Rusk urged the U.S. Senate today (12 August) to ratify the?
Secretary of State Dean Rusk urged the U.S. Senate today (12 August) to ratify the nuclear test ban treaty worked out by the United States, Britain and Russia.
Rusk...just back from a week-long visit in Russia and West Germany...was the first witness as the Senate opened hearings on the treaty. Defence Secretary Robert McNamara will testify tomorrow (13 August). Later in the week the Joint Chiefs of Staff and representatives of the Atomic Energy Commission and the Central Intelligence Agency will appear before the three Senate committees conducting the hearings.
Rusk told the Senators that the treaty is in the nation's best interests. He said there may be marginal risks in the treaty but insisted the risks are far less than the hazard of a continuing nuclear weapons race with Russia.