Reprocessing Revisited: The International Dimensions of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership by ProQuest

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Washington rightly feared that allowing these states to separate plutonium from highly radioactive spent fuel would destabilize the nonproliferation regime by drastically reducing the time between a decision to acquire nuclear weapons and having a large nuclear arsenal. The net result of even a partial success of the Bush administration's policy would be a reversal in the decline in the number of countries with stockpiles of separated plutonium, thereby undermining the nonproliferation regime.

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