Nuclear Trafficking: 'A Real and Dangerous Threat'

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Science  01 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5522, pp. 1632-1636
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5522.1632

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STOCKHOLM-- The former Soviet Union's stockpile of fissile material remains dangerously vulnerable. Six seizures of weapons-grade nuclear materials have been reported over the past 2 years, indicating that a decade-long effort to lock down about 600 tons of Soviet-era highly enriched uranium and plutonium that is considered especially vulnerable--enough raw material for about 40,000 bombs--has far to go. Yet the Bush Administration has proposed cutting $100 million from a raft of programs to improve nuclear security in Russia.