U.S. officials are looking at a new centrifugal power technology to power the country’s nuclear weapons, but Congress is expected to vote on the issue next week.
A new generation of centrifuges could allow the U.N. Security Council to quickly respond to any threat to the nuclear umbrella or to deter attacks.
The centrifugals could also be used to power conventional weapons, a move that would allow the United Nations to carry out inspections of facilities to determine if they have been enriched or enriched enough to make a nuclear weapon.
The development could come as a major boost to President Barack Obama’s push to restart the United Nation’s nuclear arsenal, a goal that is now under intense political pressure from Iran, which has used the program to develop nuclear arms for decades.
The U.K.-based Arms Control Association, which advocates for restrictions on weapons technology, called the new technology “a major step in the right direction.”
“The ability to make centrifugal power plants is a significant breakthrough in energy generation and the first time that such a power plant has been developed, and this is being developed in the U, a country that does not have the capability to do nuclear weapons development,” it said in a statement.
It also said the new centrifugas could be used as a deterrent against North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
“It is very significant that this technology has now been developed,” the association said.