New Nuclear Warhead Design For US

Posted on Saturday, March 03 at 17:34 by Anonymous
The US Congress authorised design work on a new warhead in 2005 on the basis that there would not be any fresh missile tests. No nuclear underground tests have been conducted since a ban in 1992. The new warhead, due to be operational in five years' time, will be used to replace Trident missiles on submarines. Making the announcement, US officials said the plan was simply to replace older, less reliable warheads with a safer version. However, says the BBC's Jamie Coomarasamy in Washington, at a moment when the White House is trying to stop North Korea and Iran developing their nuclear programmes, some see the decision to press ahead with a new US warhead as sending an unfortunate mixed message. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein was among the critics in Congress. Story from BBC NEWS: Published: 2007/03/03 03:04:19 GMT [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on March 5, 2007]


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