White House Statement on
the Resumption of the Soviet-United States Nuclear Testing Talks
August 29, 1988
Monday, August 29, the United States and the Soviet Union will resume step-by-step
negotiations on nuclear testing with the opening of round three of the nuclear
testing talks in Geneva. The first priority of
these talks remains an agreement on effective verification measures for two
existing but unratified treaties: the Threshold Test
Ban Treaty (TTBT) and the Peaceful Nuclear Explosions Treaty (PNET).
are making good progress toward our goal. On August 17 the first phase of the
Joint Verification Experiment (JVE) was successfully concluded, with U.S. and Soviet scientists,
technicians, and observers present at the U.S. nuclear test site in Nevada. There each side was
able to demonstrate the use of its on-site, direct hydrodynamic methods to
measure the yield of a U.S. nuclear explosion. In
mid-September, U.S. scientists,
technicians, and observers will be present for the Soviet phase of the JVE at
the Soviet nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk.
will continue to press for agreement on effective verification measures so that
these two treaties can be ratified. As we return to Geneva, we look for the
cooperation of the Soviet Union to achieve this objective.
U.S. delegation to the nuclear
testing talks is headed by Ambassador C. Paul Robinson.