Tuesday, February 04, 2003

Pentagon weighs up nuclear option
"The Pentagon is fast-tracking a program to develop computers that would help decide if nuclear weapons should be used to destroy deep underground arms bunkers or other critical targets. The system would also assess the risk of killing nearby civilians and inflicting other collateral damage, including the spread of radioactive dust and the dispersal of toxic chemicals from weapons in the bunker.

"The $US1.26billion ($2.15 billion) program is the latest step in a campaign by some Bush Administration officials and members of Congress to press for a new generation of smaller nuclear weapons. Defence analyst William Arkin last week claimed the United States had decided to examine possible roles for nuclear weapons in a war with Iraq."

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