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President Clinton:

"I am very disappointed that the United States Senate voted not to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. This agreement is critical to protecting the American people from the dangers of nuclear war. It is, therefore, well worth fighting for. And I assure you, the fight is far from over."

October 13, 1999

President Kennedy:

"Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us . . . The logical place to begin is a treaty assuring the end of nuclear tests of all kinds . . ."

September 25, 1961

President Eisenhower:

". . . [not achieving a nuclear test ban] would have to be classed as the greatest disappointment of any administration -- of any decade -- of any time and of any party. . ."

May 29, 1961