This report outlines a statement by the Bush administration regarding weapons proliferation. From the Document: "Protecting America's homeland and citizens from the threat of weapons of mass destruction is one of our Nation's important national security challenges. Today, more nations possess chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons than ever before. Still others seek to join them. Most troubling of all, the list of these countries includes some of the world's least responsible states - states for whom terror and blackmail are a way of life. Some non-state terrorist groups have also demonstrated an interest in acquiring weapons of mass destruction. Against this backdrop, it is clear that the threat of chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons being used against the United States - while not immediate - is very real. That is why our Nation actively seeks to deny chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons to those seeking to acquire them."
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (May 14, 2001), v.37, no.19, p.718-719