Nuclear Warhead Dismantlement and Possible Reuse in Civil Nuclear Power Reactors
The question of what to do with the nuclear warheads from missiles that may be dismantled, and with the nuclear materials they contain, has been gaining new attention in recent years.1 But so far the agenda for the disarmament process, which at last appears to be taking off, has not included provisions for dismantling nuclear warheads. And if the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed on 8 December 1987, continues to be a model, the warheads would be removed from the missiles before they are destroyed, and each side would retain them to use on other missiles or to make other warheads.
KeywordsNuclear Weapon Nuclear Material Enrich Uranium Fissile Material Nuclear Power Reactor
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