"Historically, nonproliferation measures have enjoyed strong support from both sides of the aisle; we need to reinvigorate that support. A good way to start would be to consider the recommendations in the report issued by Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, special advisor to the president and the secretary of state for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. General Shalikashvili concludes that, with proper programs in place, the treaty will improve United States security and will not, as some have suggested, jeopardize nuclear deterrence."

"This treaty is too important for the vote of the last Congress to be the final word."

"General Shalikashvili recommends that the new administration propose periodic joint reviews - conducted with the Senate - of the treaty's impact on national security after the pact in put in place."

"In our view, a periodic review of the treaty is the best way to address the Senate's concerns about whether the safety and reliability of the nuclear arsenal could be assured with absolute certainty beyond 10 years."

"The fact is that the suspension of nuclear tests instituted by President George Bush and Congress in 1992 will remain in place for many years to come. There are advantages to the United States in our international relations in ratifying the test ban treaty. The treaty is an important element of the global nonproliferation regime and crucial to American leadership of those efforts. The review proposal, coupled with other steps recommended by General Shalikashvili, provides appropriate insurance that America can preserve the advantage of our nuclear arsenal while limiting further development of offensive nuclear weaponry."

"Advancing nuclear nonproliferation is a bipartisan goal worth pursuing. Success in ratifying the test ban treaty would be a first step toward bipartisan cooperation on other crucial matters of national security."