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the Bush administration hopes to have the Los Alamos National
Laboratory in New Mexico producing 30 to 40 new plutonium cores annually by 2012.
On February 21 U.S. and British government scientists performed an underground nuclear experiment, short of a nuclear blast, at the Nevada Test Site. The material tested was specially processed nuclear plutonium. The test was designed to examine the effects of the explosion on the plutonium.
New plutonium cores
The conversion of nuclear weapons into conventional systems is considered to be only the beginning of a new series of missiles that can reach targets up to 1,000 miles away within seconds. Both the Navy and the Air Force are also working on new high-speed cruise missiles, or hypersonic missiles.
We strongly agree that the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran or any other existing non-nuclear weapon state would be destabilizing and dangerous and must be avoided. However in our judgement the current strategy of the EU and the United States is unlikely to achieve this important objective. We offer the following guidance on how to achieve the desired outcome.
British America Security Council