The world, according to harried disarmament experts, has entered its "second nuclear age." They define the "first nuclear age" as the period when the United States and the Soviet Union monopolized nuclear weapons, in their "balance of terror" standoff. The second nuclear age, now picking up momentum with the rapid spread of nuclear technology worldwide, could result in upwards of twenty nations having their own atomic weapons by 1985 - only ten years from now. Within the same coming' decade, forty countries will have "peaceful" nuclear power facilities generating electricity - thus 'possessing the first necessary increment to exercising the "nuclear option."
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