Sixty years on: Time for a comprehensive fissile material treaty

Publication - 4 May, 2004
It's only common sense: Non-proliferation is not achievable without targetting weapons-usable material that exists in abundance on this planet.

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Executive summary: The need to control nuclear materials and technology has been recognised since it became clear in 1939 that a fission chain reaction could be produced in uranium, releasing large amounts of energy that could be used to make a nuclear explosion. This summary of the decades long debate over fissile material control and the rapid and on-going growth of weapons-usable fissile materials, in particular plutonium, is intended to provide the context for Greenpeace International's call for the early conclusion by the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva of a Comprehensive Fissile Material Treaty, CFMT.

Num. pages: 9