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  • Russian man kept 'bomb' plutonium

    11/02/2004 6:43:59 AM PST · by Ginifer · 11 replies · 192+ views
    News.bbc.co.uk ^ | Tuesday, 2 November, 2004 | SA
    A former Russian nuclear scientist has reportedly handed over to police eight containers of weapons-grade plutonium he had stored at home for eight years. The 400g (14oz) of plutonium-238 - a highly radioactive compound that could be used in a "dirty bomb" - came from a disused laboratory in Siberia. Former employee Leonid Grigorov says he removed it for safekeeping after the lab was looted, Russian media reports. He may face criminal proceedings, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency says. Counter-terrorism experts have repeatedly warned that radioactive material from decrepit Soviet-era installations could fall into the hands of militants. 'Morally right' Mr...
  • US plutonium arrives in France for reprocessing

    10/06/2004 5:52:05 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 21 replies · 483+ views
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. ISN SECURITY WATCH (06/10/04) - Two heavily armed British freighters carrying 140 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium docked in the western French port of Cherbourg on Wednesday, a day after demonstrators blocked a road leading out of the town by chaining themselves to a truck in protest against the shipment they said was vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Police used chain cutters to wrest the truck from the Greenpeace demonstrators and took them into custody. France plans to reprocess the 140 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium imported from the US and transport to a...
  • Kyrgyzstan intercepts 60 plutonium containers

    09/29/2004 8:23:39 AM PDT · by Bald Eagle777 · 65 replies · 4,271+ views
    Dailytimes.com ^ | September 29, 2004 | Daily Times (no author given)
    Kyrgyzstan intercepts 60 plutonium containers BISHKEK: Kyrgyz security forces have foiled an attempt to sell 60 containers of plutonium-239, a substance used in nuclear weapons, a national security committee spokeswoman said on Tuesday. It remained unclear how much plutonium was captured, but an official said its grade was high enough to make a so-called “dirty bomb” that disburses high doses of radiation over large areas. One man was detained during the seizure of the plutonium last week while another suspect escaped, the spokeswoman said. “Plutonium-239 is not used in Kyrgyzstan. The security service is trying to establish how this material...
  • Alleged plutonium smugglers arrested

    09/28/2004 11:19:20 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 308+ views
    The authorities in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan say they have arrested two men, who were trying to sell a large quantity of plutonium on the black market. The material can be used to make nuclear weapons. The men were detained last week near the capital, Bishkek. There has been growing concern in recent years that radioactive materials from former Soviet military or research sites could fall into the hands of extremists.
  • Kyrgyzstan 'foils plutonium plot' [trying to sell a large quantity of plutonium on the black market]

    09/27/2004 6:47:02 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 10 replies · 398+ views
    BBC ^ | Sep 27, 2004 | Ian MacWilliam
    Authorities in Kyrgyzstan say they have arrested two men who were trying to sell a large quantity of plutonium on the black market. The men were detained last week near the capital, Bishkek, but the news was not immediately released. There has been growing concern that radioactive materials from former Soviet military or research sites could fall into the hands of extremists. Plutonium is very toxic and can be used in atomic weapons or as reactor fuel. The highly radioactive material could be used to make a dirty bomb - a non-nuclear explosive which scatters radioactive material packed inside it....
  • US sends plutonium to France (34 tonnes, enough for 40 nuclear bombs)

    09/21/2004 10:47:54 AM PDT · by Truth666 · 45 replies · 1,026+ views
    Under heavy security and amidst much opposition, enough plutonium for 40 nuclear bombs is being taken by sea from the US to France for processing. The US and French authorities see the shipment as the first step in a new “atoms for peace” programme to convert 34 tonnes of plutonium from "surplus" US weapons into fuel for power stations. "This is not just important for national security, it is important for the security of the world," says Bryan Wilkes of the US National Nuclear Security Administration.
  • U.S. Government Ships Plutonium to France

    09/20/2004 6:21:18 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 16 replies · 429+ views
    Associated Press ^ | september 20th, 2004 | JENNIFER HOLLAND
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - A shipment of weapons-grade plutonium has left the United States for a nuclear reactor in France, drawing protests from activists who believe the shipment poses both an environmental and terrorist threat. Government officials confirmed the plutonium had left the United States aboard an armored ship escorted by second ship, but they would not say when the shipment departed, citing security concerns. However, about 20 activists waved signs and banners along the Charleston waterfront Monday to protest what they said was the departing plutonium. "This is really the wrong signal to be sending to countries around the world,"...
  • Seoul Admits Extracting Plutonium

    09/09/2004 6:38:02 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 216+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-9-2004 | Ben Scanlon
    Seoul admits extracting plutonium South Korean officials are liaising with the IAEA over the revelations South Korea has admitted it extracted a small amount of plutonium - a key ingredient in nuclear bombs - in secret research conducted in the early 1980s. The news comes just a week after Seoul said 0.2 of a gram of uranium was produced in 2000, by scientists who did not have government approval. North Korea, in its first comment on that development, said it viewed it in the context of a regional arms race. Seoul has been trying to get the North to give...
  • Lawmakers question security of DOE shipment of plutonium to France

    08/27/2004 12:20:41 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 2 replies · 599+ views
    GovExec.com ^ | August 25, 2004 | Mike Nartker, Global Security Newswire
    Noting concerns that terrorists may attempt to influence the U.S. November elections through an attack, Democratic lawmakers this month have raised questions concerning the security of a planned shipment of more than 100 kilograms of plutonium to France. The Energy Department is expected next month to ship 140 kilograms of plutonium to France to be converted into mixed-oxide fuel for use in testing at a U.S. nuclear power plant for possible future energy generation. The project is intended to help advance a U.S.-Russian nonproliferation program to eliminate a combined total of almost 70 tons of plutonium. Antinuclear activists such as...
  • A Critical Nuclear Moment

    06/23/2004 11:42:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 253+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 24, 2004 | Brent Scowcroft
    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has just rebuked Iran for failing to cooperate fully with international inspectors who are examining whether Tehran is meeting its nonproliferation commitments. How concerned should we be about this development? What does it mean? By its own admission, Iran has been taking steps to develop the capability to enrich uranium, one of the two methods used to produce weapons-grade fissile material. While Iran says its activities are solely for peaceful production of nuclear power and are permitted by the Non-Proliferation Treaty, once enrichment capability exists, a major barrier to producing a nuclear weapon virtually...
  • Chinese Diplomats Rush Past Lab Guards (Los Alamos)

    04/26/2004 8:16:07 AM PDT · by threat matrix · 62 replies · 1,445+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Bill Gertz
    Two Chinese diplomats, away from their Los Angeles consulate improperly, recently sped their vehicle past a Los Alamos National Lab guard post near classified facilities in what United States officials think was ian intelligence mission, the Washington Times has learned.The diplomats, identified as Hua Yu and Bo Lai, were on an intelligence mission that is raising new worries of Chinese nuclear spying against the United States, according to US officials familiar with the incident.Pajarito Road is the site of two sensitive facilities. One is the Critical Assembly Facility known as Technical Area 18, the other is the Plutonium Reasearch facility,...
  • Pluthermal power

    03/23/2004 3:18:39 PM PST · by Willie Green · 11 replies · 792+ views
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | March 23,2004 | editorial
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Thorough review is needed of nuclear fuel cycle policy. After years of problems and delays, Japan's power industry has taken a major step toward its long-cherished dream of using plutonium as fuel for conventional nuclear reactors. The breakthrough came when Fukui Prefecture recently approved a plan by Kansai Electric Power Co. plan to purchase plutonium-uranium mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel from overseas to burn in reactors at its nuclear power plant in Takahama, a town along the Sea of Japan coast. The power company hopes its pluthermal operations will begin in 2007. Kansai...
  • US warns NKorea to stop exporting dangerous weapons or face world action

    03/13/2004 4:58:51 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 21 replies · 376+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | Friday, March 12, 2004 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States warned North Korea that it would face action from the international community if it does not stop exporting dangerous weapons and other illegal activities. "If North Korea will not act, it will find the United States, its allies and other partners equally prepared to respond with measures that ensure North Korea cannot threaten our countries or international stability," said Mitchell Reiss, the department's director of policy planning. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, one of Washington's leading repositories of expertise on East Asia, Reiss said the United States was taking steps to enforce its laws...
  • North Korea May Get Aid if It Pledges Nuclear Curb

    02/24/2004 10:44:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 84+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | February 25, 2004 | STEVEN R. WEISMAN and DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 — North Korea will be offered economic aid in return for a pledge to freeze and eventually dismantle its nuclear weapons facilities, according to senior Asian and American officials. But they said the offer was expected to be presented by South Korea, not the United States, in talks beginning on Wednesday in Beijing. The informal agreement between Washington and its Asian partners on how to approach North Korea represents a partial retreat by the Bush administration, which has long insisted that it would not reward the North for simply freezing its nuclear weapons program. Administration officials argue...
  • Libya converted small amount of plutonium, says U.N. nuclear watchdog report

    02/20/2004 10:16:16 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 208+ views
    Associated Press | GEORGE JAHN
    VIENNA, Austria, Feb 20, 2004 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- Using technology and know-how acquired through the black market, Libya was able to process uranium into plutonium, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Friday. Diplomats citing a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency said the country was able to "separate a small amount of plutonium." The report did not specify the amount, but it appeared to be less than the approximately three kilograms (nearly seven pounds) required to make a nuclear bomb. The report was prepared by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei ahead of a board of governors' meeting...
  • China's Implication In Nuclear Dealing Brings Germany's Reactor Sale Issue Up Again

    02/17/2004 11:13:34 AM PST · by longjack · 12 replies · 213+ views
    "Spiefel-Online" ^ | February 17, 2004 | Matthias Gebauer
          Aktuell   China's participation in atomic smuggling Fissionable material for the coalition by  Matthias Gebauer The new dislosures about China's role in the sale of nuclear know-how has the discussions over the export of the Hanau fuel element plant boiling up again. Some Greens are threatening openly with the end of the coalition if Chancellor Schröder allows the deal to go through. MARCO-URBAN.DE Governing-Team Schröder/Fischer: Looking for a solution without losing face. Berlin - Green party leader Angelika Beer didn't want to say much about the Hanau topic during her press conference on Monday. "There isn't any new position",...
  • Arrest of second Pak n-expert exposes jehadi bomb trail

    10/25/2001 8:10:10 PM PDT · by kattracks · 62 replies · 650+ views
    HindustanTimes.com | 10/25/01 | HTC and Agencies
    (Islamabad/Moscow, October 25) There is now a nuclear dimension to the Afghan war. A second retired Pakistani atomic scientist was picked up by Islamabad on Tuesday night on the suspicion that he was developing a nuclear device for Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. The arrests followed tip-offs by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to the Pakistani authorities. Sultan Bashiruddin Mehmood and Abdul Majeed, both scientists who had retired from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), were picked up after the FBI provided evidence of their links to jehadi outfits. The Pakistan Interior Minister, Moinuddin Haidar, said on ...
  • North Korea showed U.S. apparent plutonium sample

    01/20/2004 5:45:49 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 96+ views
    Knight-Ridder Newspapers | January 20, 2004 | WARREN P. STROBEL
    WASHINGTON - North Korea allowed a leading U.S. nuclear expert to hold in his hand an apparent sample of plutonium for nuclear weapons during a visit two weeks ago, U.S. officials said Tuesday. The dramatic moment came during a visit to North Korea's main declared nuclear facility at Yongbyon by a private American delegation that included Siegfried Hecker, former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and a metallurgist by training. Hecker "said he thought it was plutonium," said one U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity but is privy to the delegation's briefings for the Bush administration after...
  • Enough plutonium for five bombs ‘missing’ at Sellafield

    01/12/2004 3:12:40 PM PST · by OXENinFLA · 22 replies · 195+ views
    http://www.sundayherald.com ^ | 12-28-03 | Liam McDougall
    Enough plutonium for five bombs ‘missing’ at Sellafield By Liam McDougall ENOUGH plutonium to make five nuclear bombs has gone missing from Sellafield in Cumbria in the past 12 months, it has been revealed. The official report which lists “materials unaccounted for” at the UK’s nuclear sites found that 19.1kg of the highly toxic substance was apparently missing from the reprocessing plant. At the Dounreay plant in Caithness, meanwhile, the annual audit recorded a surplus 1.16kg of highly enriched uranium, which can also be used to make nuclear weapons. Spokesmen for each plant were quick to play down the figures,...
  • China Tries to Ease Concerns Over Planned Plutonium Processing Facility

    12/09/2003 3:55:38 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 4 replies · 358+ views
    NTI Global Security Newswire ^ | 12/09/2003 | Joe McDonald
    China today sought to reduce concerns over its planned purchase of a German plutonium processing facility, saying the facility would only be used for “peaceful purposes” (see GSN, Dec. 8). The unused facility, constructed by the German firm Siemens, is designed to convert plutonium into mixed oxide (MOX) fuel for use in nuclear reactors, according to the Associated Press. “This fuel in China will be used for peaceful purposes I would like to emphasize that,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said. China and Germany are currently “having discussions” on Chinese assurances over the planned use of the facility, Liu...
  • UN says Iran produced small amount of plutonium

    11/10/2003 5:48:36 PM PST · by yonif · 5 replies · 72+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11 Nov 2003 00:12:09 GMT
    VIENNA, Nov 10 (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Monday in a confidential report obtained by Reuters that Iran had acknowledged producing a small amount of plutonium, a material useable in a nuclear bomb. The United States accuses Iran of having a secret atomic weapons programme. Tehran denies this and says it was forced to hide many aspects of its nuclear programme from the United Nations because of decades of international sanctions it says were illegal. "Iran has admitted that it produced small amounts of low enriched uranium using both centrifuges and laser enrichment processes... and that it...
  • The Mullahs and the Bomb

    10/23/2003 5:43:47 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 169+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 23, 2003 | GARY MILHOLLIN
    WASHINGTON — With much fanfare, and the reluctant endorsement of the Bush administration, Iran has vowed to suspend its controversial effort to produce enriched uranium — which can be used as fuel in nuclear weapons — and to clear up a host of suspicions about its nuclear program. In exchange, the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany promised new "cooperation" — meaning trade — in high technology with Tehran. While perhaps getting any concessions out of the mullahs should be seen as a step forward, this particular deal won't prevent Iran from making the bomb. It also risks having...
  • Livermore lab to examine most recent security breach

    10/13/2003 7:39:22 AM PDT · by tallhappy · 2 replies · 144+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10-11-03 | Andrea Widener
    LIVERMORE - A gate inside Lawrence Livermore Laboratory was unlocked then left partially open by an unknown person this week, in the most recent security incident at the nuclear weapons lab. Lab officials are investigating the security breach and have asked the FBI to monitor their progress in finding out who opened the gate and why. David Leary, the lab's head of security, said Friday there is no reason to believe the lab's sensitive nuclear weapons information or nuclear materials were endangered.
  • U.S. Seeks To Ship Plutonium To France

    10/09/2003 7:49:35 PM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 15 replies · 179+ views
    Guardian (UK) ^ | October 10, 2003 | H. Josef Hebert
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for an export license to ship 300 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium to France for processing into reactor fuel, prompting criticism from nuclear nonproliferation groups. The plutonium shipments are part of a long-range plan to dispose of 34 tons of excess plutonium in the government's nuclear weapons program by turning it into a mixed oxide fuel for use in commercial U.S. reactors. The plan calls for building a plant in South Carolina to process the plutonium. In the meantime, the 300 pounds of plutonium powder - enough, critics say, for...
  • North Korea says all 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods processed - Using plutonium to make bombs.

    10/01/2003 11:18:31 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 34 replies · 312+ views
    APNewsAlert | October 2, 2003
    AP News Alert SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea says it has processed all of its 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods and is using plutonium to make bombs. Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. MORE
  • Scientists conduct subcritical nuclear experiment in Nevada

    09/19/2003 9:40:31 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 27 replies · 402+ views
    Associated Press | September 19, 2003
    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Government scientists conducted an underground nuclear materials experiment Friday at the Nevada Test Site, the National Nuclear Security Administration said. The subcritical experiment, dubbed Piano, involved detonating high explosives to chart the behavior of plutonium in a non-nuclear explosion. It did not trigger a self-sustaining nuclear reaction, NNSA spokesman Kevin Rohrer said. Scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California completed the test at 1:44 p.m. in a cavern 960 feet below ground, Rohrer said. No abnormalities and no surface damage were reported at the vast site, about 85 miles northwest of Las Vegas....
  • N. Korea: Shutdown of Nuclear Complex Deepens North Korean Mystery

    09/12/2003 11:42:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 168+ views
    NYT ^ | September 13, 2003 | DOUGLAS JEHL
    Shutdown of Nuclear Complex Deepens North Korean Mystery By DOUGLAS JEHL WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 — American intelligence agencies are puzzling over evidence that North Korea has halted operations at its nuclear complex in Yongbyon, according to senior United States officials. The Yongbyon site is the only one in North Korea known to produce plutonium that can be used in nuclear weapons. The American officials said there was a debate among intelligence officials about whether the shutdown, which some described as fairly recent, reflects a technical problem, a goodwill gesture by the North, or a shift to another site. The uncertainty...
  • UN Finds Weapons-Grade Uranium in Iran

    08/27/2003 8:20:07 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 3 replies · 109+ views
    Rush Limbaugh Website ^ | August 26, 2003 | Rush Limbaugh
    From Vienna, Austria comes news that United Nations inspectors have found traces of highly enriched weapons-grade uranium at an Iranian nuclear facility. They discovered heightened concerns that Tehran may be running a secret nuclear weapons program. This is not an announcement of the Bush administration, folks. This is according to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Remember that the White House has accused Iran of developing a secret nuclear weapons program and violating the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. My questions are these: What will be the Democrats' response to this? Will they demand a UN resolution? Will they simply...
  • No Weapons-Grade Plutonium At Rocky Flats

    08/19/2003 12:24:24 PM PDT · by RoughDobermann · 132+ views
    The Denver Channel ^ | UPDATED: 1:15 p.m. MDT August 19, 2003
    GOLDEN, Colo. -- In a milestone for the $7 billion cleanup at Rocky Flats, crews have finished removing more than 12 tons of weapons-grade plutonium from the former nuclear weapons site, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said Tuesday. The 6,000-acre site (pictured, left) 15 miles northwest of Denver is slated to become a national wildlife refuge after the cleanup project ends in 2006. "Rocky Flats helped the United States win the Cold War and it is no longer in the nuclear weapons business," Abraham said in a statement issued in Washington. The removal of the plutonium from the site was finished...
  • Ending a nuclear threat

    07/27/2003 10:27:10 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 116+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/28/03 | Constantine C. Menges
    <p>The North Korean dictatorship has said it has nuclear devices, that it has enough plutonium for six nuclear bombs and is now beginning to make them. North Korea also has said it would sell nuclear weapons to anyone with the cash, including terrorists and their state sponsors. North Korea has ballistic missiles that can reach Japan, South Korea, and U.S. forces in the Pacific. In 1998, it tested an intercontinental range missile that could reach the United States homeland and has frequently threatened nuclear and conventional attack if any effort is made to stop it from acquiring these weapons.</p>
  • North Korea Says It Has Made Fuel for Atom Bombs (earlier story confirmed)

    07/15/2003 3:40:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 203+ views
    NYT ^ | 07/14/03 | DAVID E. SANGER
    July 15, 2003 North Korea Says It Has Made Fuel for Atom Bombs By DAVID E. SANGER WASHINGTON, July 14 ?North Korean officials told the Bush administration last week that they had finished producing enough plutonium to make a half-dozen nuclear bombs, and that they intended to move ahead quickly to turn the material into weapons, senior American officials said today. The new declaration set off a scramble in American intelligence agencies ? under fire for their assessment of Iraq's nuclear capability ?to determine if the North Korean government of Kim Jong Il was bluffing or had succeeded in producing...
  • N. Korea declared to U.S. that it finished reprocessing spent fuel rods.

    07/12/2003 11:23:43 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 304+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/13/03
    N. Korea informed U.S. that it finished reprocessing spent fuel rods. N. Korea told U.S. on July 8, 2003, that it finished reprocessing 8,000 spent fuel rods at Yong-byun nuclear facilities in N. Korea, according to the former (S. Korean) legislator Chang Sung-min(MDP) who was told about this from a high-level source in Washington, D.C. on July 12, 2003. He was told that, on July 8, in New York, N. Korea had unofficial working-level meeting with America. At this meeting, N. Korea informed America that the reprocessing of 8,000 spent fuel rods was complete on June 30, 2003, and that...
  • Report: N. Korea takes nuclear step(krypton 85 detected!)

    07/12/2003 2:46:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 245+ views
    NBC Nightly News via MSNBC ^ | 07/11/03 | Jim Miklaszewski
    Report: N. Korea takes nuclear step U.S. intelligence: Evidence suggests Pyongyang is reprocessing spent nuclear fuel rods July 11 — Air samples collected near North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear facility contain the first physical evidence that North Korea has begun reprocessing spent nuclear fuel rods. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports. July 11 — North Korea has begun to reprocess spent nuclear fuel rods — a critical step to produce more nuclear weapons — an intelligence report delivered to the White House on Thursday suggests, NBC News has learned. U.S. GOVERNMENT officials tell NBC News that air samples collected from the vicinity of...
  • A tangled web (State Dept.)

    07/07/2003 1:50:47 AM PDT · by kattracks · 10 replies · 434+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/07/03 | Joel Mowbray
    <p>Former ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke entered the State Department debate last week, attacking former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and defending Foggy Bottom. But being a product of the Foreign Service himself, Mr. Holbrooke appears unwilling to address the real issue: the State Department's corrosive culture.</p>
  • N. KOREA: C.I.A. Said to Find North Korean Nuclear Advances (missile nuke warheads)

    07/01/2003 1:16:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 186+ views
    NYT ^ | 07/01/03 | DAVID E. SANGER
    July 1, 2003 C.I.A. Said to Find North Korean Nuclear Advances By DAVID E. SANGER WASHINGTON, June 30 ?American intelligence officials now believe that North Korea is developing the technology to make nuclear warheads small enough to fit atop the country's growing arsenal of missiles, potentially putting Tokyo and American troops based in Japan at risk, according to officials who have received the intelligence reports. In the assessment ?which they have shared with Japan, South Korea and other allies in recent weeks ?officials at the Central Intelligence Agency said American satellites had identified an advanced nuclear testing site in an...
  • Los Alamos can't find two vials of plutonium

    06/19/2003 4:58:15 AM PDT · by randita · 12 replies · 93+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 6/19/03 | Zachary Coile
    Los Alamos can't find two vials of plutonium Lab thinks they were mislabeled, discarded Zachary Coile, Chronicle Washington Bureau Thursday, June 19, 2003 ©2003 San Francisco Chronicle | Feedback Washington -- The Los Alamos National Laboratory has lost track of a small quantity of plutonium, raising new questions about the New Mexico nuclear weapons lab's handling of radioactive material. Officials at the lab, which is managed by the University of California, said the material -- two vials of plutonium oxide -- was probably mislabeled by lab employees. Lab managers believe it was most likely discarded in a waste drum on...
  • Plutonium missing from Los Alamos lab (2 Grams)

    06/18/2003 12:28:39 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 28 replies · 124+ views
    Interestalert ^ | 6/18/03
    LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 18 (UPI) -- The Project on Goverment Oversight quotes sources as saying about 2 grams of plutonium is missing from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The plutonium has been missing since 2001, but was only reported last week to Department of Energy officials responsible for overseeing the lab. DOE requires any missing weapons-grade nuclear material of a half-gram or more be reported. POGO said the fact the missing material was not reported is a violation of department policy and raises serious questions about the level of confidence in the DOE's Material Control and Accountability System that...
  • Russia to use plutonium as nuclear reactor fuel from 2008

    06/02/2003 1:08:49 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 42+ views
    Hoover's Online ^ | June 02 2003 | RIA news agency/BBC Monitoring
    Moscow, 2 June: Russia will switch some of its nuclear power stations to a new fuel from weapons-grade plutonium starting in 2008, RIA-Novosti was told today by Oleg Sarayev, president of [state-run nuclear company] Rosenergoatom. Advertisement: Explore Within This Space Fuel rods for the reactors will contain weapons-grade plutonium that is earmarked for destruction under Russian-US accords reached in 2000, he said. He added that the accords committed both countries to destroying 34 tonnes of weapons-grade plutonium derived from the scrapping of nuclear weapons. Now, Russia and the USA have decided to reprocess much of that plutonium for electricity generation....
  • In a nuke deal US will build power plants in Russia

    05/28/2003 9:40:16 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 230+ views
    The Times of India ^ | May 28 2003 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON: The US Energy Department announced a $466 million deal to build two coal-burning power plants for Russia in return for a Russian promise to close three plutonium-producing reactors considered among the most dangerous in the world. Two American companies - Washington Group International and Raytheon Technical Services - will oversee construction of the two fossil fuel plants. Most of the actual work is expected to be done by Russian companies and workers. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham on Tuesday called it a major step in the US-Russia nuclear nonproliferation effort, although it will be five to eight years before the...
  • Plan for N. Korea Will Mix Diplomacy and Pressure

    05/07/2003 3:55:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 279+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 05/07/03 | Glenn Kessler
    Plan for N. Korea Will Mix Diplomacy and Pressure By Glenn Kessler Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, May 7, 2003; Page A01 The Bush administration plans to adjust its policy toward North Korea by adopting a two-track approach that would combine new talks with pressure on the communist state by targeting its illegal drug and counterfeiting trade and possibly its missile sales, U.S. and Asian officials said yesterday. The emerging consensus, which will be refined today at a meeting of President Bush's top foreign policy advisers, would bridge a gap that has emerged within the administration since North Korea declared...
  • Weapons grade Plutonium needs to be made completely legal in Canada

    05/03/2003 4:44:07 PM PDT · by Jason Kauppinen · 3 replies · 158+ views
    Based on an article in the Edmonton Sun May 3 2003 titled "Pot needs to be made completely legal" | May 3 2003 | Jason Kauppinen
    Weapons grade Plutonium needs to be made completely legal American shock and awe notwithstanding, it appears Canada is about to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of weapons grade plutonium. While the change will mean a fine instead of a criminal record for those who are busted, it will be business as usual for organized groups which have been reaping enormous profits from the sale of illegal weapons grade plutonium. Instead of cutting these groups off at the knees by completely legalizing weapons grade plutonium, Ottawa has just signalled that expanding their massive fortunes is as easy as the next...
  • N Korea nuclear claim 'hushed up'- "Heads will roll over this."

    04/27/2003 8:30:06 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 27 replies · 167+ views
    telegraph ^ | (Filed: 28/04/2003) | By David Rennie in Washington and Hannah Cleaver in Berlin
    N Korea nuclear claim 'hushed up' By David Rennie in Washington and Hannah Cleaver in Berlin (Filed: 28/04/2003) A "poisonous" row is brewing in Washington over allegations that diplomats knew for weeks that North Korea claimed to be reprocessing nuclear fuel rods but hushed the matter up for fear of derailing peace talks. The world first knew of North Korean claims to be processing weapons-grade plutonium 10 days ago when the isolated Stalinist regime issued a statement saying it had told America in March about the reprocessing. That statement was initially dismissed as an error. But angry American officials told...
  • U.S. Restarts Its Nuclear Machine

    04/24/2003 8:19:16 AM PDT · by WaveThatFlag · 53 replies · 394+ views
    The Moscow Times. ^ | Thursday, Apr. 24, 2003 | By Yevgenia Borisova
    The United States has restarted production of plutonium parts for nuclear bombs at its Los Alamos National Laboratory for the first time in 14 years. Under the headline "After 'Decline,' U.S. Again Capable of Making Nuclear Arms," the Los Angeles Times, which broke the story Wednesday, called the move "an important symbolic and operational milestone in rebuilding the nation's nuclear weapons complex." Specifically, American scientists working for the National Nuclear Security Administration, or NNSA, have started producing the plutonium "pits" that are at the core of nuclear weaponry. (Conventional explosives encase a hollow plutonium sphere, or pit, and trigger a...
  • Team Inspects suspected plutonium site (update by the journalist who broke original story, NEW info)

    04/11/2003 7:31:42 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 84 replies · 659+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | April 11, 2003 | Carl Prine
    <p>SOUTH OF BAGHDAD: A scout team from the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency arrived in a convoy Thursday at the Al-Tuwaitha nuclear complex, beginning a probe that could take weeks to determine whether plutonium is present at the massive nuclear facility and extensive underground complex.</p>
  • U.S. probing nuclear facility (Al Tuwaitha Follow Up)

    04/11/2003 4:51:32 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 720+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 11, 2003 | Art Moore
    An investigation is underway to determine whether U.S. Marines guarding Iraq's most important nuclear facility have discovered previously undocumented weapons-grade nuclear material. Initial reports indicated earlier this week that the Marines had located a vast underground complex of tunnels, warehouses and offices that apparently had been missed by U.N. weapons inspectors at the Al-Tuwaitha Nuclear Research Center, 18 miles south of Baghdad. One report said the tunnels might contain weapons-grade plutonium, while unnamed source have suggested the U.S. forces came upon known stocks of low-grade uranium and broke U.N. seals meant to control radioactive material. Lt. Cmdr. Charles Owens, a...
  • Weapons-Grade Plutonium Possibly Found at Iraqi Nuke Complex:

    04/10/2003 11:31:03 PM PDT · by webber · 6 replies · 266+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | FOXNews.com
    <p>BAGHDAD, Iraq — U.S. Marines may have found weapons-grade plutonium in a massive underground facility discovered beneath Iraq's Al Tuwaitha nuclear complex, an embedded reporter told Fox News Thursday.</p> <p>Coalition forces are investigating a stash of radioactive material found at the site south of Baghdad, the reporter, Carl Prine of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, told Fox News.</p>
  • Possible Plutonium Find Has Wide and Disturbing Implications

    04/10/2003 5:19:05 PM PDT · by Axion · 81 replies · 453+ views
    STRATFOR ^ | Apr 10, 2003
    Possible Plutonium Find Has Wide and Disturbing ImplicationsApr 10, 2003 - 2202 GMT Summary Initial reports from coalition forces at Iraq's Al Tuwaitha nuclear complex indicate the presence of weapons-grade plutonium. If this is truly the case, and tests should confirm the plutonium's presence very shortly, the finding will have disturbing ramifications for the region and American foreign policy. Analysis Coalition forces searching the Al Tuwaitha nuclear complex just south of Baghdad on April 10 have detected a type of radiation that could signal the presence of weapons-grade plutonium. One of two materials is used to fuel nuclear explosions:...
  • Marines may have broken seals on known radioactive material

    04/10/2003 4:44:40 PM PDT · by woofie · 52 replies · 195+ views
    Christian Science Monitor via Drudge ^ | Thursday, April 10, 5:48pm EDT | unnamed idiot
    Marines may have broken seals on known radioactive material Posted: Thursday, April 10, 5:48pm EDT American troops who suggested they uncovered evidence of an active nuclear weapons program in Iraq unwittingly may have stumbled across known stocks of low-grade uranium, officials said Thursday. They said the US troops may have broken UN seals meant to keep control of the radioactive material. Leaders of a US Marine Corps combat engineering unit claimed earlier this week to have found an underground network of laboratories, warehouses and bombproof offices beneath the closely monitored Tuwaitha nuclear research center just south of Baghdad. The Marines...
  • U.S. Marines Guard Secret Iraqi City with Very Hot Nuclear Radiation Levels

    04/10/2003 9:35:05 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 47 replies · 721+ views
    News Pundit.net ^ | 4/10/2003 | Douglas Oliver
    U.S. Marines Guard Secret Iraqi City with Very Hot Nuclear Radiation Levels . . . Other than FOX, No American Television News Reports In a valley 18 miles south of Baghdad the U.S. Marines guard a secret underground city. It lies under the city of Al-Tuwaitha that belongs to Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission. Earlier investigators and U.S. military Secret Operations squads located the top secret underground facility. Reports are beginning to come in that International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors sent to Iraq had never been allowed to inspect the huge secret complex. Now the Marines against enemy counter-attacks. Reportedly, the...
  • Underground Nuclear Facility Found in Iraq

    04/10/2003 10:54:25 AM PDT · by Prince Charles · 11 replies · 732+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4-10-03 | Carl Cameron
    <p>Thursday, April 10, 2003 BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. officials are investigating a massive underground nuclear facility that was discovered below the Al Tuwaitha complex of the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission in a suburban town south of Baghdad.</p> <p>While they aren't prepared to say the discovery is the smoking gun proving Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, Fox News confirmed that officials are very interested in the labyrinth of labs and warehouses unearthed by U.S. forces.</p>