What sense does it make to not control these extremely destructive - its always in the wrong hands - technologies as early as possible which everybody will eventually be able to buy at their local Starbucks? And to the degree there is profit in it shouldn’t we expect that corporations will enable that?
So what profit is there in mini nukes? As the article states, there is no radioactive fallout from their use. This means that there will be huge interest at some point in using them for mining on Earth and especially on asteroids or the moon. Which makes sense from a purely economic viewpoint of course. But its dangerous for sensibilities to be pure in any case. Nothing worse than somebody with virgin sensibilities, especially policy makers.