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White House orders extra cuts to stockpile

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By Roger Snodgrass

In signaling renewed commitment to a smaller nuclear weapons complex this week, the head of the nuclear weapons agency in the Department of Energy also highlighted the president’s related announcement of an additional unilateral reduction of the nuclear weapons stockpile.For security reasons, neither NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino nor the White House offered actual numbers of weapons that would be dismantled.White House Press Secretary Dana Perino announced Tuesday that President Bush approved a “significant reduction in the nuclear weapons stockpile to take effect by the end of 2007.“We are reducing our nuclear weapons stockpile to the lowest level consistent with America’s national security and our commitments to friends and allies,” Perino said. “A credible deterrent remains an essential part of U.S. national security, and nuclear forces remain key to meeting emergency security challenges.”Following mutual pledges made in the Moscow Treaty of 2002, the U.S.


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