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To: gandalftb; NeoCaveman

The Saudi-Pakistan nuclear connection has been talked about for decades, not years. Debka may be exxagerating as usual, but it’s not without all hot air. The ‘Islamic bomb’ initiative started off in the 70s with Saudi and Libyan funding.

Unless you think Pakistan’s 98 tests were all duds, the Saudis are investing in proven solutions, like they always do.


38 posted on 12/30/2010 7:35:49 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
They were all duds because the yield was far below a sustained fission detonation. Of the 7 claimed detonations, the 2 that detonated together had less than a 12 kt yield combined, 3 more of them were claimed but had no seismic yield at all, one other had a 4 kiloton yield that was likely a result of the conventional charging explosives, and the seventh claimed was later admitted to not have detonated at all.

There were trace amounts of weapons grade plutonium found, but far below a sustained chain reaction. No trace amounts of "reflectors" were ever detected indicating primitive, at best, weapons.

Seismographs don't lie and all the yields were less than what could have been achieved by conventional explosives.

If the Paks want serious money they need to light off something serious, 20 kt or more. More than likely they are selling excess plutonium, not a working weapon.

45 posted on 12/31/2010 8:51:13 AM PST by gandalftb (OK State, 10-2, Go #14 Cowboys! Valero Alamo Bowl 12/29 Beat AZ!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Forgot to mention, the detonations were of plutonium, not uranium. Pakistan has/had no way to make plutonium. They had to have bought it, likely from the Chinese.

In any case, Pakistan has never tested any uranium based weapons, the only ones they could have for sale now.

46 posted on 12/31/2010 8:55:42 AM PST by gandalftb (OK State, 10-2, Go #14 Cowboys! Valero Alamo Bowl 12/29 Beat AZ!)
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