Oct 1, 2007
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The United States has stepped up its rate of taking apart nuclear weapons during the current fiscal year.
The National Nuclear Security Administration, an agency under the U.S. Department of Energy, said in a statement Monday that the number of nuclear weapons it took apart in Fiscal Year 2007 has been 146 percent above the figure for FY 2006. That increase was almost three times higher than the agency's goal of boosting the numbers by 49 percent over FY 2006, it said.
NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino praised the number of nuclear weapons dismantled during FY 2007 as "an outstanding achievement."
"This is an outstanding achievement by our dedicated employees," he said. "By greatly exceeding our dismantlement goal, NNSA is supporting the U.S. leadership role in global non-proliferation and disarmament efforts."
"Our success ensures that these weapons cannot be used again, and sends a clear message to the world that this administration remains committed to reducing the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. nuclear stockpile," D'Agostino said.
The NNSA noted that in 2004, U.S. President George W. Bush "directed that the stockpile be reduced nearly 50 percent by 2012, making it the smallest level since the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s. This means that in five years the stockpile will be one-quarter of its size at the end of the Cold War."