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US presses Japan to hand back 300 kg of plutonium
Business Standard ^ | January 27, 2014

Posted on 01/26/2014 6:24:38 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster

US presses Japan to hand back 300 kg of plutonium

IANS | Tokyo January 27, 2014 Last Updated at 04:34 IST

Japan's key ally the US has been pressing the country to return more than 300 kg of mostly weapon-grade plutonium that it exported to Japan for research purposes during the Cold War era, media reported.

The plutonium that is stored at a fast critical assembly in Tokaimura in Japan's Ibaraki prefecture could be used to produce 40-50 nuclear weapons, reported Japan's Kyodo News, citing unnamed Japanese and US government officials, according to Xinhua.

Japan has strongly resisted the demand raised by US President Barack Obama's administration, but it finally gave in to repeated demands, Kyodo said.

The two countries since last year have been seriously discussing the issue as the US plans to reach an accord with Japan at the third nuclear security summit in March in the Netherlands, according to the report.

The fast critical assembly belonging to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency is the country's only critical assembly designed to study characteristics of fast reactors.

The Japanese ministry of education, culture, sports, science and technology and other researchers have argued that the plutonium in question is needed for research and vital for producing good data, said Kyodo.

At present, Japan has another estimated 44 tonnes of plutonium, but its quality is not on par with the plutonium used for research purposes, Kyodo quoted a Japanese expert as saying.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: japan; plutonium
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1 posted on 01/26/2014 6:24:38 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; sushiman; Ronin; AmericanInTokyo; gaijin; struggle; DTogo; GATOR NAVY; Iris7; ...

P!


2 posted on 01/26/2014 6:25:15 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So he trusts Iran with nukes but not Japan.


3 posted on 01/26/2014 6:26:38 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Barry wants to give it to the Mooselim Brotherhood?


4 posted on 01/26/2014 6:27:15 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It seems that he is siding with China on this.


5 posted on 01/26/2014 6:28:34 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

That was my thought, too.


6 posted on 01/26/2014 6:30:23 PM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Will not happen! Japan is looking after Japan, no one else maters at this moment.


7 posted on 01/26/2014 6:30:29 PM PST by foundedonpurpose
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To: TigerLikesRooster

How does Obama plan to dispose of it?

unilateral disarmament is his dream and eventual dissolution of the USA and rise of United Socialist States of America.

The dots are quickly coming into view - to start connecting them is our job.


8 posted on 01/26/2014 6:32:20 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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Reevaluating America’s greatest threats 70 years later...


9 posted on 01/26/2014 6:34:50 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The penalties for being a faithful ally to the US are pretty severe these days


10 posted on 01/26/2014 6:36:22 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I say let’m keep it. They are going to need it with China becoming more aggressive with each passing moment.


11 posted on 01/26/2014 6:37:28 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution...)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

With the way China is acting? Hell, Japan would be foolish and suicidal to give up their plutonium. In fact, they’re foolish if they are not at this very minute building nuclear weapons to minimize the possibility of Chinese aggression—the old “mutually assured destruction” strategy (it worked for us and the Soviets).


12 posted on 01/26/2014 6:41:32 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Possession is 9/10ths.


13 posted on 01/26/2014 6:41:41 PM PST by Manic_Episode (F the Whigs)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Japan's response:

"Okay. As soon as you return all of Germany's gold."

Sounds good, doesn't it?

14 posted on 01/26/2014 6:41:49 PM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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To: TigerLikesRooster
it seems, pResident 0'ButtCrack, clearing the board (nuclear mat'l.) for the ChiComs.

15 posted on 01/26/2014 6:42:27 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

On this matter, Obama has become the mouthpiece of China.


16 posted on 01/26/2014 6:47:31 PM PST by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Money talks.


17 posted on 01/26/2014 6:48:17 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: TigerLikesRooster

China is behind this. They don’t want Japan to have
nukes as it poses a threat to their plans for dominance.
Thus they yank the strings on this administration to try
and get that plutonium out of Japan....wouldn’t surprise me if Obungler promised to give that material to China, he’s that much of a traitor.


18 posted on 01/26/2014 6:50:35 PM PST by nvscanman
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Japan should tell Hussein to take a long walk off a short pier.


19 posted on 01/26/2014 6:51:04 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nvscanman

China’s wanted revenge ever since 1945.


20 posted on 01/26/2014 6:52:13 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: TigerLikesRooster

They’re already placed in warheads.


21 posted on 01/26/2014 6:57:11 PM PST by struggle
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To: All

I have a feeling they’ll be delivered to NoKo one warhead at a time before Barry see them.


22 posted on 01/26/2014 7:05:16 PM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

I was thinking the very same thing :-)


23 posted on 01/26/2014 7:31:57 PM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Molon Labe, Barry.


24 posted on 01/26/2014 7:32:28 PM PST by Flag_This (Liberalism: Kills countries dead.)
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To: House Atreides

If I were Obozo I would be careful about pushing the Japanese to return the nuclear makings, if Pearl is any indication, Obozo might not like the way they choose to return it.


25 posted on 01/26/2014 7:38:18 PM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Japan’s response:

“Okay. As soon as you return all of Germany’s gold.”

Sounds good, doesn’t it?
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LOL Now THAT’s funny!


26 posted on 01/26/2014 7:43:27 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The plutonium that is stored at a fast critical assembly in Tokaimura in Japan’s Ibaraki prefecture could be used to produce 40-50 nuclear weapons>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

And why shouldn’t it be done? Obama has no intention of protecting Japan from China or North Korea.The Japanese know they are on their own, Obama has more or less betrayed every US ally during his 5 years in office.


27 posted on 01/26/2014 7:44:52 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: House Atreides

Another way to say it:

Japan: “Okay, we’ll return the plutonium... to be delivered 7 years from today”.


28 posted on 01/26/2014 7:45:43 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Agree to give it back, but after January 2017. Let a new regime be in place, not Obama.


29 posted on 01/26/2014 7:55:45 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

And Pakistan and North Korea and maybe even Saudi Arabia.

I suspect this is a pro-China move.


30 posted on 01/26/2014 7:56:47 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: mrsmith

Excellent comment. Being an enemy pays big dividends during this regime.


31 posted on 01/26/2014 7:57:41 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I guess the Japanese aren’t Muslim terrorists.


32 posted on 01/26/2014 8:13:53 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Yeah, but floating it back in Pacific currents one atom at a time probably wasn’t what the Administration had in mind. :)


33 posted on 01/26/2014 8:23:22 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

That Plutonium has probably already been used by Japan to make parts that when assembled are working nuclear weapons. Japan is next to two dangerous nuclear powers, Red China & North Korea, and needs the ability to respond to an attack in a credible manner. Due to Japan’s WWII history, the country does not want to be known as a nuclear power, but having readily assembled parts is a prudent step. Israel denies having the A-bomb, but can have working nuclear weapons about as soon as it takes to hang one on a jet fighter-bomber.


34 posted on 01/26/2014 8:29:19 PM PST by RicocheT (Where neither their property nor their honor is touched, most men live content, Niccolo Machiavelli)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

As the article notes, Japan has 44 tons (roughly,nobody knows for sure) of plutonium and all the technology it needs to build warheads. I doubt they are worried too much about this particular shipment, but it might be embarrassing to admit it’s been installed in warheads already.


35 posted on 01/26/2014 8:59:11 PM PST by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

My first thought as well.


36 posted on 01/26/2014 9:05:24 PM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: House Atreides

Agreed.

If there were no other reason than not doing it because Barry wanted it, that would be good enough for me.


38 posted on 01/26/2014 9:26:28 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

We have complete jackarses running the country. They reward our enemies and penalize our friends. You don’t keep friends that way.


39 posted on 01/26/2014 9:54:52 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution...)
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman
if Pearl is any indication, Obozo might not like the way they choose to return it.

The ONLY reason Zero would not like Japan returning our nukes that way, is it would ruin his vacation spot.

Now if they returned them to the main land, he couldn't contain his joy.

40 posted on 01/27/2014 12:01:18 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

That would set Red China back about 500 MILLION People, more or less.

I like it!


41 posted on 01/27/2014 12:26:28 AM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

It’s a trade to China in exchange for propping up the US Dollar.

You keep the Dollar as reserve currency, and we will take care of that pesky Japan for you by disarming it.

The Senkaku islands would be more easy to take.


42 posted on 01/27/2014 3:52:35 AM PST by helpfulresearcher (Socialism is just like any other form of corruption, except that it is perpetrated by a mob.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
"That would set Red China back about 500 MILLION People, more or less."

That would barely be enough to make China mad. lol

43 posted on 01/27/2014 6:38:13 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: CivilWarBrewing
Japan's response:
“Okay. As soon as you return all of Germany's gold.”

Perfect response!

44 posted on 01/27/2014 7:43:11 AM PST by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing
I was thinking more along the lines of "we'll trade you for all of Germany's gold."

Why would Japan care whether Germany got its gold back, after all?

45 posted on 01/27/2014 8:30:31 AM PST by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Japan needs to build nukes, as does Taiwan.


46 posted on 01/27/2014 11:56:59 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The US should stockpile U and Pu at Fort Knox (as these is likely no Au there anymore.).


47 posted on 01/27/2014 12:22:16 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I suspect this has something to do with Project Gojira...


48 posted on 01/27/2014 3:33:53 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: 3Fingas

Here, here.

Let them build some decent missiles and put the Chinese on watch.


49 posted on 01/27/2014 9:15:25 PM PST by TheDandyMan
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To: TigerLikesRooster
No way will Japan be allowed a nuke but Iran? “What difference does it make”?
50 posted on 01/28/2014 6:27:17 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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