Controlling weapons-grade fissile material

Rotblat, J.
June 1977
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Jun1977, Vol. 33 Issue 6, p37
The article reports on the controlling of weapons-grade fissile material. In the future, there will be enough plutonium available to make some 300,000 atomic bombs. It is perilious to think that many nations have a stockpile of nuclear weapons, specially those who have unstable governments which are unlikely to afford the great expenditure necessary to maintain adequate safeguard system. There are also the danger that more states will acquire a nuclear weapon capability or horizontal proliferation directly linked with the use of fission nuclear reactors as a source of energy for peaceful purposes. According to many forecasts, there will be a colossal increase in nuclear power capacity in the next few decades.


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