Nuclear proliferation

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World map with nuclear weapons development status represented by color.      Five "nuclear weapons states" from the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty)      Other known nuclear powers      States suspected of being in the process of developing nuclear weapons and/or nuclear programs      States which at one point had nuclear weapons and/or nuclear weapons research programs      States capable of developing nuclear weapons within several years if the decision to do so were made

Nuclear proliferation is when a country starts making nuclear objects. On the right is a map showing who has nuclear reactors and weapons, and who could have them. When a country starts making nuclear weapons, they become a nuclear power.

Dual use technology[change | edit source]

Dual use technology means to the possibility of military use of civilian nuclear technology for generating electricity. Many technologies and materials associated with the creation of a nuclear electricity program have a dual-use capability. These items can be used to make nuclear weapons if a country chooses to do so. When this happens a nuclear electricity program can lead to making atomic bombs. The crisis over Iran’s nuclear activities is an example.[1]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Steven E. Miller & Scott D. Sagan (Fall 2009). "Nuclear power without nuclear proliferation?". Dædalus. http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1162/daed.2009.138.4.7.