DIPLOMACY: Carter's Desperate Crusade

A crisis with South Africa and Pakistan over nuclear weapons

Like mushrooms after a spring rain, nuclear plants in recent years have sprouted all over the globe. The reason is clear: as the price of oil becomes ruinously expensive, and oil's availability more uncertain, most nations must take steps to acquire alternate sources of energy. But the spread of this potent technology has also led several countries to try to acquire nuclear weapons on their own. Persuading them not to do this has become a desperate diplomatic crusade of the Carter Administration. Washington's opposition to expanding the nuclear club is...

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