Arms Control and Non-proliferation

Nuclear Bunker-Busters and Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty

The Bush administration's proposed budget for FY 2006 contains appropriation lines for resuming research on the nuclear bunker-buster. This proposal is likely to renew the heated debate within the United States over the role and shape of U.S. nuclear forces. It also raises an important legal issue: does this research cause the United States to run afoul of its disarmament obligations under Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)?
 
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9
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Andrew J. Grotto
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Author: 
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Author: 
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Author: 
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Author: 
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Author: 
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Author: 
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Author: 
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