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United Nations Office


866 United Nations Plaza Suite 4050 New York, NY 10017
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ENDNOTES


1. For instance: Shanker, Thom. “White House says the U.S. is not a loner, just choosy” New York Times
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Yield


A term used to describe the power of a nuclear explosion. Yield is usually measured in comparison to the explosive power of TNT, as in the Hiroshima explosion that had yield of around 15,000 tons of T [..]
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Warhead


The explosive component of a nuclear weapon system, normally mounted onto the tip of a missile or bomb. Warheads consist of nuclear materials, conventional high explosives, and related firing mechanis [..]
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Virtual Nuclear Arsenal


A virtual nuclear arsenal is essentially a state of deep de-alert, codified by international treaty and verified through a web of inspection mechanisms. A VNA treaty would not permit states to maintai [..]
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Variable Yield


A term describing a nuclear warhead which can be set to detonate in different stages and provide different yields. This allows a single warhead to serve as either a strategic or tactical weapon. For e [..]
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Trident


A nuclear-armed submarine capable of carrying up to 192 warheads used by both the United States and Britain. Tritium
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Tactical Nuclear Weapons


In contrast to strategic nuclear weapons, so-called tactical nukes are designed for use on the battlefield or in other anti-troop situations. They are typically lower-yield (less powerful) than their [..]
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Suitcase Bomb


Refers to a nuclear bomb delivered on foot – though not necessarily in a suitcase. Because a functional nuclear weapon can be made small enough to fit in a backpack or suitcase, many analysts point t [..]
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Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile


– see Ballistic Missiles
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