Nuclear Safeguards

Archive Report

Proliferation of Nuclear Material

Alarm Over Global Spread of Nuclear Capability

The Meeting later this month between President Ford and Chairman Brezhnev1 is attended by a new kind of threat of nuclear proliferation. This threat is not the familiar one arising from the atomic armament possessed by the two superpowers, although the meeting does once again focus attention on their continuing struggle to arrive at mutually acceptable formulas for arms limitation. The new aspect is that a sixth nation, India, has entered the once-exclusive world nuclear club, and a host of other nations could join America, Russia, China, Britain and France as possessors of nuclear weaponry.

India's detonation of an underground nuclear explosion last May 18 is widely regarded as having ushered in a new era in ...

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