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Former Bush Officials Back East Asia Plutonium Production Pause

NPEC recently asked some of the most senior Bush 41 and Bush 43 nuclear security officials to endorse the 2017 Joint Statement of the International Conference on Japan's Plutonium Policy. That statement called for Japan to indefinitely postpone Rokkasho's startup and for South Korea and China to suspend their plans to separate plutonium as well. 

Nov 07, 2017

American Endorsement of Japanese Plutonium Policy Statement


Concerned that a growth in plutonium production capacity in Northeast Asia would be detrimental to both the economic and security interests of countries in the region, and mindful that novel technologies are not now available to remove the proliferation risks of reprocessing, we endorse the principal conclusions of the 24 February 2017 Tokyo statement on plutonium.


Ambassador Linton Brooks, former Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, 2002-2007

Ambassador Robert Joseph, former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, 2002-2007

David Kay, former director, Iraq Survey Group, 2003-2004; Chief Nuclear Weapons Inspector, IAEA/UNSCOM

Susan Koch, former National Security Council Director for Proliferation Strategy, 2001-2005; Assistant Director, Strategic and Nuclear Affair, US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1990-91

Henry Sokolski, former Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy, Department of Defense, 1989-93; member, Commission on the Prevention Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, 2008-2010

James Tegnelia, former Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, 2005-2009

William Tobey, former Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration, 2006-2009


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