The House and Senate Armed Services Committee are currently considering defense authorization legislation that if passed into law would deal a major, if not mortal, blow to longstanding, bipartisan arms control efforts.
According to the FY2018 budget outline, the Trump administration will seek funding cuts in the U.S. contribution for the CTBTO, the intergovernmental organization responsible for the global nuclear test monitoring system designed to detect and deter clandestine nuclear explosions.
Republican lawmakers are seeking to cut U.S. funding for the CTBTO.
The new administration has a narrow window to shift U.S. policy toward North Korea in ways that halt its nuclear activities.
The Trump administration should not overlook the opportunity to advance scientific and technical measures to strengthen nuclear explosion detection and analysis.
There is now almost universal political support in the international community for the objectives of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.