Securing The World's Nuclear Stockpiles
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Reports Shine Light On Nuclear Weapons Vigilance -- Washington Post
While public attention is focused on a new arms-control treaty between Russia and the United States, the slow, dull work of keeping nuclear warheads and weapons-grade uranium and plutonium protected from terrorists goes on almost unnoticed.
But two new reports have shed light on the subject. A fascinating study on China's system of securing its nuclear weapons was published last week. Two days earlier, an update on the multiyear U.S. effort to secure Russian nuclear sites, and those of other countries, was presented to the House Appropriations subcommittee on energy and water, which has jurisdiction over funding for the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.
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: It is reassuring that the large nuclear states are working to secure their nuclear stockpiles. What is not reassuring is that states like Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, and God knows who else .... it is these nuclear programs that are out in the open with safeguards that one can question and doubt. Unfortunately, I do not see countries like North Korea opening up their nuclear program to outside inspectors anytime soon.