Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Report: Risk of Nuclear Warfare Rising

Understatement of the year.

Far too many Kooks with Nukes.

Report: Risk of Nuclear Warfare Rising:

The world's top military powers are gradually dismantling their stockpiles of nuclear arms, but all are developing new missiles and warheads with smaller yields that could increase the risk of atomic warfare, a Swedish research institute said Monday.

In its annual report on military forces around the globe, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute also said the rising number of nations with nuclear weapons is raising the risk such arms could be used.

'The concern is that countries are starting to see these weapons as useable, whereas during the Cold War they were seen as a deterrent,' said Ian Anthony, a nuclear expert at the institute.

SIPRI for the first time counted North Korea among the world's nuclear countries, because of its underground test explosion of an atomic device last October. While saying it remains unclear whether the communist country has developed a deliverable nuclear weapon, the institute estimated North Korea could have produced about six nuclear bombs, based on its stockpiles of plutonium.

Iran is a potential member of the nuclear club if it decides to turn its uranium enrichment program to military use, Anthony said - something the U.S. and its allies suspect is the Tehran regime's plan but Iranian leaders deny.

'Iran could appear on this list, but at the earliest five years from now.'

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