From remarks by Bruce McConnell, director of the International Y2K Cooperation Center, at the Foreign Press Center yesterday:

On the question of . . . [nuclear weapons], the good news is that weapons take people to be launched. Computers don't launch weapons. And so there's no concern that there will be any accidental launches of nuclear weapons.

The only issue in the weapons area that has been of concern is whether there might be a problem on advanced early-warning systems. And the two countries that operate those sophisticated systems are the United States and Russia, and for those countries they have now set up a joint Y2K center in Colorado, where they'll be monitoring each other's warning information. So if there is any confusion or erroneous data that gets into those systems, they'll be in contact with each other. . . .

On the nuclear power plant side, we issued a report on nuclear power plants about a week ago. And the conclusion of that was that there are no safety issues with respect to nuclear power plants for the immediate period, but that there is still work remaining to be done in nuclear power plants, particularly in Eastern Europe and Russia, and that it is important that that work continue, because if not, then there could be an erosion of the safety margins over a period of weeks in January and February.