Foster Statement On North Korea
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11), a PhD physicist and the only scientist in Congress, released the following statement on North Korea’s alleged nuclear test:
“While it is not yet clear exactly what kind of test North Korea conducted, their actions underscore the need to strengthen the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), including strong sanctions for nations like North Korea that withdraw from the NPT. The global community must take steps to show North Korea that this behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
“The United States can take the lead in these efforts by ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). More than 160 countries have signed on to the CTBT, and it’s time for the US to join them.
“As the only PhD scientist in Congress, I will closely monitor the incident as more information becomes available on North Korea’s actions.”
For over twenty years, Foster was as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Foster was a member of the team that discovered the top quark, the heaviest known form of matter. He also led the teams that designed and built several scientific facilities and detectors still in use today, including the Antiproton Recycler Ring, the latest of Fermilab's giant particle accelerators.