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Hucksterism vs. Nonproliferation

Irreconcilable U.S. nuclear policies.

Jul 1, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 40 • By VICTOR GILINSKY AND HENRY SOKOLSKI
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Despite this—and in contrast with the idealistic “getting to zero” mantra on the military nuclear side—the administration has no interest even in defining what would constitute adequate controls over nuclear energy, out of fear this might put a crimp in nuclear sales around the world. The administration is mistaken both on the facts and on its priorities.

We need to deal with much more than North Korea and Iran if we are going to be serious about putting a stop to the bomb’s spread. A good place to begin is to insist on the “gold standard” for export agreements, and to follow that with a broad new approach to the international control of nuclear energy with the world’s other nuclear suppliers.

Victor Gilinsky is an energy consultant and former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Henry Sokolski is executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center. 

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