U.S. Nuclear Export Policy
Carter's Campaign to Restrict Technology
After a rocky beginning, President Carter's campaign to limit the further proliferation of nuclear weapons appears to be gaining support at home and abroad. Since taking office Carter has been trying to persuade other nations to follow America's lead by stopping — or at least reducing — the export of nuclear power technology that can be used for military purposes. What concerns the President is not the sale of nuclear reactors themselves. The danger lies in the ability of more countries to enrich uranium and reprocess used reactor fuel. It is in these stages of the nuclear fuel cycle that weapons-grade nuclear material — plutonium or highly enriched uranium — is produced.
“The benefits of nuclear power are ...