Skip to comments.Intelligence Agencies Warn: Burma May Be a Budding Rogue Nuclear State
Posted on 04/21/2010 1:49:43 PM PDT by stevie_d_64
For the past year, intelligence agencies in the U.S. and Asia have been watching as equipment and machines capable of being used to build nuclear weapons have been flowing into Burma, raising the specter that the isolated and secretive Southeast Asian nation may become the worlds second rogue nuclear power.
Because of the nature of Burma's paranoid and repressive ruling military junta, there is tremendous fear that, if it acquires a nuclear capability, it will set off an arms race that could change the political dynamics of Southeast Asia.
But experts caution that Burma, also called Myanmar, is so closed to the outside world that it is hard to be sure exactly what it is up to and that makes the situation even worse.
Dissident groups that monitor the insular state say the junta has wide-ranging ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons within the next few years, because the generals who rule the country are mistakenly fearful of an American intervention. With vast wealth from natural resources, dissident groups say, the regime has reopened ties with North Korea. And with Pyongyang's help, they say, Burma is setting up a vertically integrated nuclear complex that includes mines, mill, enrichment facility, and reactor in the mountainous, sparsely populated northern part of the country.
Other evidence includes North Korean involvement in the construction of a vast tunnel complex, the presence of two Pakistani nuclear scientists affiliated with the AQ Kahn underground nuclear network, the regimes public effort to buy a research nuclear reactor from Russia, the increasing involvement of Iran in Burma's economic affairs and revelations by defectors about nuclear training for a cadre of Burmese soldiers.
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That would be a close shave!.............
Oh heck...just give everybody a nuke and be done with it.
Not to worry, Obama says the world should be nuke free!
The world will listen and all will gather to sing Kumbaya and John Lennon’s Imagine.
No problems, Obama is on the job...
“Don’t worree, bee happeh!”
Burma even threw a birthday celebvration for NK’s lil’ kimmy...
That speaks volumes...
I thought it was Myanmar now?
They’re passing out nukes with every noble peace prize.
Very easy to get.
“Obama says the world should be nuke free”
Just America. Part of the plan to end our embarassment of being a superpower.
Sorry, don’t see it happening. Myanmar doesn’t have the ability, even with the Paki’s and NK helping. The country has an active resistance and fractionalism among the people. They couldn’t keep it a secret and they don’t have the industrial base to support it.
I sold equipment to Myanmar and traveled there often. Also traveled around the country as a tourist.
Oh thats just Onederful
It has a tingle
And a tang
The day off
With a bang
"Just America. Part of the plan to end our embarassment of being a superpower."
... because the generals who rule the country are mistakenly fearful of an American intervention.
Seems to me the fears are well founded, especially if the ruling generals are determined to obtain nuclear capability.
Burma shares a common border with
And we can’t get an asset in there to see what is going on?
Burma is ‘owned’ by China, so they may be using the Burmese as a surrogate.....for what, I dunno, but it can’t be good.
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