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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Y2K Nuclear Worries

WASHINGTON -- Citing the risk of an accidental nuclear war, activists are pressing the United States and Russia to take nuclear missiles off hair-trigger alert during the technology-challenging year 2000 rollover.

International groups announced a drive this week to persuade Presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin to "stand down" the approximately 2,500 nuclear-armed missiles now poised for immediate firing.

Standing down the missiles means adding steps before they can be fired. The idea is to give commanders more time to make sure they are acting on solid information, not scrambled data caused by a computer glitch.