Accession Number : AD0684030

Title :   A REEXAMINATION OF THE NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION PROBLEMS PRESENTED BY WORLD-WIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENRICHED FUEL; RELATING THE FEBRUARY 1965 OPTIONS TO TODAY,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Kramish,A.

Report Date : AUG 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : The current upsurge of serious interest in several European nations, Japan and elsewhere, in acquiring domestic or regional facilities for the production of U-235 for nuclear power plants, coupled with expression of the desire of U.S. industry to acquire private ownership and operation of government uranium enrichment facilities makes it imperative that policy on such facilities be reexamined now in all of its facets. The paper which follows actually was written on February 9, 1965, representing some preliminary thoughts; it was circulated informally among a limited number of individuals concerned with this policy question. Some of the content must be modified by the realities of interim political change and by the lessons of operating experience. On the other hand, looking at technical developments which could lead to a proliferation of independent natural nuclear weapon capabilities, presents a more grave picture. The vigor and meaning of the Non Proliferation Treaty will be profoundly affected by the nature of the solutions of the fuel problem, and regions other than Europe must also be considered. Some of the action options, or variants thereof, which were available three years ago are beginning to vanish. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*NUCLEAR WEAPONS, ARMS CONTROL), (*REACTOR FUELS, FOREIGN POLICY), NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, NUCLEAR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS, ISOTOPE SEPARATION, URANIUM, ECONOMICS, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN)

Subject Categories : Nuclear Power Plants and Fission Reactor Eng
      Fission Reactor Materials

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE