Disarmament DiplomacyIssue No. 17, July - August 1997
German Study Warns on Russian Nuclear State of AlertOn 11 August, a report from the Peace and Conflict Research Foundation in Frankfurt warned that Russian nuclear weapons kept in a permanent state of high alert could be launched accidentally. The report referred to alleged difficulties with Russia's early-warning computer systems. According to the study:
"Nuclear weapons in emergency-mode can be launched very quickly. This leads to the danger of unintentional launches through technical errors or false alarms..."
Report: Russia nuclear weapon risk seen great - report, Reuters World Service, 11 August.
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