Skip to comments.Iran Building Powerful Nuclear Device
Posted on 11/27/2012 3:25:16 PM PST by Uncle Miltie
Iran is planning to build a nuclear bomb with at least triple the force of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in World War II, diagrams obtained by the Associated Press indicates. According to AP, the diagrams were first discovered by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) scientists after an inspection of an Iranian nuclear facility. The document was published by the AP Tuesday after, the news agency said, it was leaked by officials critical of the way the West has been handling the Iran issue.
The diagrams discovered by the IAEA show Iranian scientists calculating the desired "nuclear explosive yield" in a device they were apparently working on.
The diagrams showed a scientific calculation of the expected yield of a nuclear device, with a maximum force of 50 kilotons, experts who saw the AP diagrams said. There was no possibility that the diagrams referred to a process other than construction of a nuclear weapon, the experts said.
If Iran is indeed designing a nuclear weapon with a 50 kiloton yield, it will be significantly stronger than the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during World War II, which were only 15 kilotons powerful. Nuclear weapons held by the U.S., Russia, and other countries are significantly stronger than a bomb with a 50 kiloton yield.
Iran, meanwhile, said Tuesday that it had filed complaints with the United Nations over what it said were violations of its airspace by U.S. planes.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Tuesday: Any country that violates Iranian airspace, he said, could expect strong measures to be taken against their planes or drones.
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I am sure Susan Rice is on the case, ready hit the twitter feeds and Sunday morning talk shows.
IIRC, Israel has thermonuclear (”H-Bombs”) as well as nuclear (”A-Bombs”) weapons like those Iran is developing, including some on submarines.
“Iran is planning to build a nuclear bomb with at least triple the force of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in World War II...”
Would that be enough to blow Israel off the map? I’m pretty sure that’s their guiding principle for the engineering.
So what can a 50kt device do?
Yeah, but they would only use it in response to an offensive You Tube video.
Wasn’t the Hiroshima bomb considered relatively small relative to ones developed later? Also, how many Muslims/Arabs/Palestinians would a bomb that size kill in addition to the Israelis?
3X what a Hiroshima device can do.
C’mon ... the arabs haven’t done anything significant since the 5th century. They’ll blow themselves up trying to figure out which end the trigger is on ;)
Wipe out one Israeli city, and a whole bunch of Iranian cities.
Iran would care because...?
As I understand it (I'm not a physicist) the trigger for an "H-Bomb" is an "A-Bomb" within the device. That's how much more powerful they are.
I think you mean the 13th Century.
Surround it with a cobalt jacket and set it off where prevailing winds will carry fallout over most of central Israel. You don't need to kill that many people. You just have to make the area so unhealthy that rational people don't want to live there any more.
It won't matter if the Palestinians can't live there either. The objective all along was to displace the Jews, rather than settle the Palestinians.
“So what can a 50kt device do?”
If they manage to deliver it perfectly (i.e., location and altitude), it can pretty much take out a medium-sized city. So, no, one will not take out Israel (assuming they can handle the associated EMP, but that’s a separate topic), but half a dozen, yes. A single 10 MT blast would pretty much wipe out the northern half of Israel.
These weapons aren’t toys, but it looks like Israel takes its defense quite seriously.
Heyyyyy, they cheated. Ahmadinejab said they were going nuclear for energy purposes. Why would you use a bomb for nuclear energy??? Derrrrr Heeeeee Hurrrrrr... /s
That's ok, they will be declared "martyrs" and everybody will be happy!