The Proposed Fissile-Material Production Cutoff
President Clinton has announced that the United States will take a comprehensive approach to the growing global accumulation of fissile material. As an element to that approach, he proposed a multilateral convention banning production of such material for nuclear-explosives purposes or outside international safeguards. This report examines and proposes some "next steps" to the proposed convention, to further strengthen worldwide control of weapon-usable material. These next steps would have two main objectives. The first would be to reduce or to transfer to secure custody current plutonium and highly enriched uranium stockpiles. The second would be to prohibit or to restrict to fewer locations the production of these materials. The report also analyzes the political and economic obstacles that might hinder negotiation of these next steps, and it suggests measures that would mitigate these obstacles. The U.S. proposal is described first, then the report quantifies various countries' inventories and ability to produce weapon-usable material.
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- Year: 1995
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The U.S. Proposal
Third World Inventories and Ability to Produce Weapon-Usable Material
The Proposed Convention's Effect on Proliferation
Next Steps: Options, Obstacles, and Mitigating Measures
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