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  • Washington Post: Several N. Korean scientists hurt in IAF strike in Syria

    10/07/2007 8:38:19 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 47 replies · 1,507+ views
    Haaretz ^ | October 8, 2007 | Shmuel Rosner
    <p>A top-secret report by the U.S. intelligence services says several North Korean scientists were injured in Israel's strike in Syria last month, top Washington Post columnist Jim Hoagland reported in the paper Sunday.</p> <p>Some two weeks ago, British newspaper The Sunday Times reported that diplomats in North Korea and China believed a number of North Koreans had been killed in the strike, based on reports reaching Asian governments about conversations between Chinese and North Korean officials.</p>
  • Report: Lab Not Tracking All Plutonium(No inventory taken for 13 years!)

    09/13/2007 7:57:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 30 replies · 524+ views
    Assoicated Press ^ | 9/13/2007 | JENNIFER TALHELM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A stockpile of plutonium and other nuclear weapons materials stored at Los Alamos National Laboratory hasn't been fully accounted for in 13 years or more, a government audit has found. The northern New Mexico lab's workers have done regular, partial inventories of the material, which the government considers to be at high risk of theft, the audit by the Energy Department's inspector general, Gregory Friedman, found. Yet an inventory of all the material hasn't been done in "perhaps 13 years or more," Friedman wrote. It wasn't even done when the lab's management contract changed last year, investigators...
  • Russia Stores Plutonium With U.S. Help

    09/01/2007 2:12:42 PM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 4 replies · 367+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | Sept 01, 2007 | DancesWithCats
    By DOUGLAS BIRCH Associated Press Writer YEKATERINBURG, Russia — Amid tense relations between the United States and Russia, two prominent American arms control advocates Friday toured a storage facility designed to hold tons of plutonium and enriched uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and former Sen. Sam Nunn, co-authors of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, were escorted through the high-security Mayak Fissile Materials Storage Facility — built to withstand assaults from terrorists and a direct hit from a jet. Russia plans to store up to 25 metric tons of plutonium from dismantled nuclear weapons at...
  • Construction begins on SC plant that will turn weapons grade plutonium into fuel

    08/03/2007 3:01:06 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 14 replies · 489+ views
    Construction has started on a South Carolina plant that will convert weapons plutonium to commercial reactor fuel and eventually employee hundreds of workers. Construction of the facility at the Savannah River nuclear complex near Aiken had been delayed because of complications with a corresponding Russian facility. The Bush administration for years has had plans to convert 34 tons of weapons-grade plutonium into a mixed oxide fuel, or MOX, as part of a program with Russia in which both countries agree to dispose of an equal amount of the material from their weapons stockpiles. Last month, the Bush administration announced plans...
  • Car with nuclear cargo denied entry (Customs just told them to go back to Azerbaijan)

    06/20/2007 5:48:56 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 32 replies · 889+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 20, 2007 | Times Wire Reports
    Georgian [the country south of Russia, not the US state ] customs officers sent a car carrying a mixture of plutonium and beryllium back into Azerbaijan after foiling an attempt to smuggle the materials over the border, Georgian television reported. Customs officials found the materials, which can be used in nuclear bombs, in what appeared to be a routine check as the car was driven over the border from Azerbaijan, the Imedi television station reported.
  • [N. Korea]Hwang: “Nuclear Facility in Yongbyon Has Been Unnecessary for 10 Years”

    02/21/2007 6:52:26 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 429+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 02/21/07
    Hwang: “Nuclear Facility in Yongbyon Has Been Unnecessary for 10 Years” FEBRUARY 21, 2007 07:10 Hwang Jang-yop, the former secretary of the North Korean Workers Party in charge of international affairs, disclosed in a Freedom North Korea Broadcast on February 19 that the nuclear facility in Yongbyon, which North Korea promised to shut down in exchange for one million tons of oil, was in fact already deemed unnecessary 10 years ago. The former secretary Hwang said, “In fact, I heard the plutonium (extracted) with a graphite reactor is unusable directly from the secretary of munitions manufacture. Before that, they had...
  • Litvinenko case linked to Yukos probe - Russian prosecutors

    01/02/2007 9:47:15 AM PST · by A. Pole · 4 replies · 322+ views ^ | December 28, 2006
    Some of the former Yukos executives could be involved in the murder of Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko, Russia's top prosecutors said Wednesday. The Russian Prosecutor General's Office said Leonid Nevzlin, a core shareholder of the bankrupt oil company, who lives in Israel and is on the international wanted list on fraud charges, could have ordered Litvinenko's poisoning with polonium-210. "We are checking a version that people, who are on the international wanted list for grave crimes, including [former] Yukos co-chairman Leonid Nevzlin, could be behind these crimes," the office said, referring to Litvinenko's murder and an attempt on...
  • BBC: Radioactive traces on BA planes

    11/29/2006 1:43:40 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 755+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 29 November 2006, 21:29 GMT | BBC Staff
    Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 November 2006, 21:29 GMT E-mail this to a friend Printable version Radioactive traces on BA planes Mr Litvinenko was a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin Traces of a radioactive substance have been found on two British Airways planes at Heathrow Airport, says BA.The planes, plus a third in Moscow, are being tested as part of the probe into the death from radiation poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. BA is trying to make contact with up to 33,000 passengers who travelled on the 221 European flights affected, including the London to Moscow route....
  • British Airways Grounds 3 767s to Check for Polonium 210

    11/29/2006 10:44:22 AM PST · by Howlin · 249 replies · 10,303+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 29, 2006
    Just breaking on Fox...
  • U.N. sleuths find plutonium at Iran atom site: IAEA

    11/14/2006 1:54:57 PM PST · by Cementjungle · 16 replies · 626+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11-14-2007 | Mark Heinrich
    VIENNA (Reuters) - U.N. inspectors have found traces of plutonium, of possible use in atom bombs, at an Iranian nuclear waste site as Tehran pursues a nuclear program despite the risk of sanctions, an IAEA report said on Tuesday.
  • Terrorist Access to Nuclear Site Feared("keeping the..thing together with gum and tape")

    09/18/2006 6:26:30 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 20 replies · 675+ views
    LONDON DAILY TELEGRAPH ^ | September 18, 2006 | By Bojan Pancevski
    VIENNA, Austria -- More than two tons of radioactive material stored in a rundown research facility in Serbia offer an easy target for terrorists seeking to build a "dirty bomb," according to the United Nations' nuclear watchdog. Nuclear inspectors have branded the lightly guarded storage facility at a communist-era reactor, which closed 22 years ago, the world's most dangerous disused nuclear site -- because of the potency of the material and the risk of leakage. The outdated facility is on a 48-acre site at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences in Vinca, 10 miles outside the capital, Belgrade, surrounded by a...
  • US, Russia resolve plutonium dispute

    09/16/2006 1:50:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 278+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/16/06 | H. Josef Hebert - ap
    WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia have resolved a major hurdle in their negotiations to dispose of tons of excess plutonium, announcing an accord Friday on a liability issue that has long stymied the program. The two countries signed a protocol that provides a framework for dealing with the liability problem, the Energy Department announced. However, there are other issues still to be worked out, including details on how Russia is going to dispose of its 34 metric tons of plutonium from its weapons stockpile under the agreement. At the same time, the future of the U.S. disposal program...
  • Arak, Iran - Nuclear official praises Iran's scientists over heavy water plant

    08/26/2006 1:37:37 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 271+ views
    [Male announcer] As you might have heard, Arak's Heavy Water Facility was inaugurated by President Ahmadinezhad earlier today. This is one of the major nuclear projects. We have established live video link with our colleague Ms Mehrafar in Arak. Hello Ms Mehrafar. [Mehrafar] In the name of God, the merciful and the compassionate. Hello to our dear viewers. As you indicated, President Ahmadinezhad and Mr [Reza] Aqazadeh, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), inaugurated Arak's complex. We have with us the AEOI's Deputy for international affairs Mohammad Sa'idi. Mr Sa'idi, would you please tell our...
  • Iran puts nuclear plant into operation

    08/26/2006 3:04:56 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 55 replies · 3,297+ views
    rte / cnn ^ | 26 August 2006 10:01
    Iran has announced that a heavy water reactor plant south-west of Tehran has been put into operation. The plutonium by-product of the plant could be used to make atomic war-heads but Iran insists it only intends to build nuclear power plants. The move comes days before a UN deadline for Iran to halt uranium enrichment, the part of Tehran's atomic programme that most worries the West. ...................... A Reuters witness said on Saturday the president inaugurated the project and toured the site at Khondab, which is near Arak, 190 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of the capital Tehran. The plant's plutonium...

    08/25/2006 8:30:34 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 950+ views
    ADN Kronos (Italy) ^ | August 25, 2006
    Tehran, 25 August (AKI) - News agencies in Iran are predicting a new announcement from outspoken president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his country's nuclear progress. There is intense speculation that it may come next Tuesday on the first anniversary of the formation of the government after last year's elections. In the Iranian capital there are reports that Ahmadinejad, who several months ago announced the entry of Iran into the 'nuclear club' will provide details on progress in the field of heavy water reactors. It has a heavy water reactor under construction at the Arak plant in central Iran, 360 kilometres...
  • Pak plutonium is an old Chinese story

    07/26/2006 8:17:02 AM PDT · by Republicain · 5 replies · 225+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | 07/24/2006 | Anupam Srivastava
    Pakistan's Khushab nuclear research complex is likely to come under intense international scrutiny following a report that included satellite imagery indicating construction of a 1000 MW heavy water reactor that could generate enough plutonium to produce 40 to 50 nuclear warheads per year. This second reactor, that could begin operating in 5 years, would be in addition to the 50 MW reactor commissioned in 1988. It could substantially boost the number of plutonium-based weapons in the Pakistani arsenal that currently is predominantly comprised of enriched uranium based bombs. The report will revive demands for speeding-up the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty,...
  • Pakistan Expanding Nuclear Program (maybe 40 to 50 plutonium bombs a year)

    07/23/2006 11:41:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies · 1,200+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2006 | Joby Warrick
    Plant Underway Could Generate Plutonium for 40 to 50 Bombs a Year, Analysts Say Pakistan has begun building what independent analysts say is a powerful new reactor for producing plutonium, a move that, if verified, would signal a major expansion of the country's nuclear weapons capabilities and a potential new escalation in the region's arms race. Satellite photos of Pakistan's Khushab nuclear site show what appears to be a partially completed heavy-water reactor capable of producing enough plutonium for 40 to 50 nuclear weapons a year, a 20-fold increase from Pakistan's current capabilities, according to a technical assessment by Washington-based...
  • The covert war to strangle North Korea (Kim's trump card: plutonium)

    07/09/2006 12:10:21 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 873+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 10, 2006 | Michael Sheridan
    A program of clandestine action against nuclear and missile traffic to North Korea and Iran is to be intensified after last week's missile tests by the Pyongyang regime. Intelligence agencies, navies and air forces from at least 13 nations are quietly co-operating in a secret war against Pyongyang and Tehran. It has so far involved interceptions of North Korean ships at sea, US agents prowling the waterfronts in Taiwan, multinational naval and air surveillance missions out of Singapore, investigators poring over the books of dubious banks in the former Portuguese colony of Macau and a fleet of planes and...
  • Program to turn plutonium bombs into fuel hits snags

    03/10/2006 12:21:15 PM PST · by Willie Green · 3 replies · 242+ views
    The Standard-Times. ^ | March 08, 2006 | LISA ZAGAROLI , McClatchy Newspapers
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. WASHINGTON – As President Bush seeks to ensure that other countries wanting to use nuclear energy do so without creating weapons-grade material, the United States' plan to reduce its own stock of bomb-quality plutonium is behind schedule and has more than tripled in cost. The program, referred to as MOX for the mixed oxide blend that would be converted into energy, has been slowed for a host of reasons, including partner Russia's unwillingness to agree to U.S. terms on liability as well as delays and cost overruns in the design phase...
  • Bush plans $250M for nuclear waste project (turning waste into some plutonium - banned for decades)

    01/26/2006 10:59:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies · 939+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | January 26, 2006 | H. JOSEF HEBERT
    ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is making plans to revive nuclear fuel reprocessing, including a long-term proposal to provide reactor fuel to foreign countries if they return it to the United States to be recycled. President Bush will include a request for $250 million in his budget to be released next week as a first step toward reversing a decades long U.S. policy against nuclear reprocessing, congressional and administration officials said Thursday. The plan is part of an effort to take a fresh look at how to deal with the thousands of tons of used reactor fuel piling...
  • ‘Hill Said U.S., N.Korea Ties Depend on Human Rights'(U.S. won't relent)

    10/09/2005 9:16:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 332+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/09/05
    ‘Hill Said U.S., N.Korea Ties Depend on Human Rights’ Washington’s chief negotiator in six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, Christopher Hill, reportedly said the Stalinist country must discuss its human rights record, plans to develop biochemical weapons, support for terrorism and other illegitimate activities before the U.S. is ready to normalize ties. Reports on Sunday said Hill made the remark in a closed-door address right after signing a statement of principles that ended the fourth round of the talks on Sept. 19. He said other parties in the talks must take a clear stance in the next round slated...
  • DOS Daily Press Briefing: Transcript [IRAN] Subversive Journalism Alert!

    09/28/2005 5:20:31 PM PDT · by humint · 24 replies · 693+ views
    HUMINT ^ | 28 September 2005 | U.S. Department of State
    QUESTION: What's your reaction to the protests in Iran around the British Embassy? This is a reaction to the IAEA vote, I presume, were there to be a U.S. embassy, they would be protesting there. MR. MCCORMACK: Right. Well, I'll leave it to those on the ground to describe the protests there and who might be organizing those protests. The position where Iran finds itself right now, I think, is one that is probably a surprise to them after the IAEA Board of Governors vote. And where they find themselves is more isolated from the international community than when they...
  • Canada to resume nuclear aid to India

    09/27/2005 8:44:55 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 5 replies · 291+ views
    CBC News ^ | Tue, 27 Sep 2005
    Canada has reversed a long-standing policy and will supply material for India's atomic energy program. Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew agreed Monday to allow the supply of nuclear-related "dual-use items," which can be used for both civilian and military applications. Canada had stopped providing nuclear materials to India three decades ago after that country started testing nuclear bombs. Pettigrew said Monday that the situation had changed because of India's commitments to keep its military and civilian nuclear programs separate, and because of its moratorium on nuclear testing. "We have to acknowledge the substantial progress that has been made in India," said...
  • North Korea fired up Yongbyon reactor ahead of 6-way talks: Asahi

    08/21/2005 3:16:51 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 316+ views
    TOKYO, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea began operating its nuclear reactor just before the fourth round of six-party talks on ending the North's nuclear weapons ambitions started in late July, Japan's Asahi Shimbun reported Sunday. In a dispatch from Washington, Asahi said North Korea resumed operations at its 5,000-kilowatt nuclear plant in Yongbyon in July, merely months after it announced that activities at the plant had been suspended in order to remove spent fuel rods out of it for reprocessing. Asahi quoted U.S. officials as saying that intelligence satellites had detected water vapor being released from the plant's...
  • IRAN: IPC Co-chair Comments on Leaked U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran

    08/04/2005 9:53:54 AM PDT · by humint · 15 replies · 614+ views
    Iran Policy Committee ^ | 03 August 2005 | Iran Policy Committee
    Washington DC—According to a 2 August 2005 Washington Post article, a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) projects that Iran is a decade away from manufacturing a key ingredient for a nuclear weapon, roughly doubling the previous estimate of five years, according to government sources with first-hand knowledge of the new analysis. The intelligence estimate is contradictory—reflecting disagreement within the community. On one hand, the estimate is reassuring: Iran is alleged to be about ten years away from getting the bomb. On the other hand, the estimate is worrisome: “It is the judgment of the intelligence community that, left to its own...
  • The drama of plutonium

    07/21/2005 11:25:01 AM PDT · by Ditto · 66 replies · 1,291+ views
    Nuclear Engineering International ^ | July 2005 | David Fishlock
    Sixty years ago the Manhattan Project carried out its first test of a secret weapon, forged from a metal first detected in sub-microgram amounts fewer than five years before. By David FishlockOn Thursday 12 July 1945 a US Army sedan drove Philip Morrison the 210 miles from Los Alamos to Alamagordo with the plutonium core of the world’s first nuclear weapon on his lap. At dawn four days later the priceless hemispheres the physicist had helped forge, then assembled, vanished in the highly successful Trinity nuclear test. The scientists who witnessed the test estimated the energy released equivalent to 18,600t...
  • Two guys at the vanguard

    07/05/2005 6:25:32 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 327+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 07/05/05 | Sam Dinkin
    TGV stands for “Two guys and a van” and got their start trying to figure out how to reduce the cost of spaceflight operations. They have discovered a very interesting market: suborbital imagery. The Bush Administration announced plans last week to restart plutonium 238 production. For $1.5 billion over 30 years, they get about 5 kilograms a year of plutonium whose main use is for thermoelectric generation to power classified military applications. $1.5 billion is a lot of money. If you add in the $9.5 billion here and the $25 billion there we are talking a pretty good chunk of...
  • Report: North Korea resumes building nuclear reactors

    06/30/2005 7:26:41 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Associated Press | June 30, 2005
    North Korea has resumed the construction of two nuclear reactors suspended under a 1994 agreement with the United States, a Japanese newspaper reported Thursday. North Korea restarted building a 50,000-kilowatt reactor in Yongbyon and a 200,000-kilowatt reactor in Thaechon _ both are plutonium-producing graphite-based _ Japanese economic daily Nihon Keizai said, quoting unidentified U.S. government and other sources. Japan's Foreign Ministry said it couldn't confirm the report. North Korea had suspended the construction of the two reactors under the 1994 deal in exchange for energy aid and two light-water reactors that are less likely to be used in nuclear...
  • U.S. plans radioactive project (Plutonium) -Original

    06/26/2005 6:16:50 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 41 replies · 1,219+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/27/05
    The Bush administration is planning the government's first production of plutonium 238 - a highly radioactive substance valued as a power source - since the Cold War, stirring debate over the risks and benefits of the deadly material. It is hot enough to melt plastic and so dangerous that a speck can cause cancer. Federal officials say the program would produce a total of 330 pounds, or 150 kilograms, over 30 years at the Idaho National Laboratory, a sprawling site outside Idaho Falls some 100 miles, or 160 kilometers, to the west and upwind of Grand Teton National Park in...
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    06/26/2005 5:52:14 PM PDT · by lainie · 387 replies · 3,576+ views
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  • Drudge: US May Resume Plutonium Production For First Time Since Cold War

    06/26/2005 6:08:21 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 663+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | June 26, 2005
  • Teheran 'Lied' Over Plutonium Production

    06/16/2005 6:37:35 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 218+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-17-2005 | Anton La Guardia
    Teheran 'lied' over plutonium production By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor (Filed: 17/06/2005) Iran falsely reported the timing of experiments to produce plutonium, a fissile material used in nuclear weapons, a report by the United Nations watchdog said yesterday. The International Atomic Energy Agency said that Teheran had earlier admitted that it had produced plutonium in breach of the international rules, but claimed that the work had ended in 1993. But IAEA inspectors have now forced Teheran to admit that the work continued until 1998. The quantities involved are small, but in a statement, the American representative to the IAEA,...
  • Iran admits processing plutonium in 1998

    06/15/2005 10:34:42 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 272+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | June 15, 2005
    Iran admits having treated plutonium in 1998 VIENNA - Iran admitted having treated plutonium, a material which can be used for the nuclear bomb, in 1998, that is to say earlier than it had up to now admitted it, according to a report/ratio having to be communicated Thursday in the States of the IAEA and whose AFP obtained a copy. When International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) requested from Iran the dates its experiments on the separation of plutonium, Teheran admitted to have purified plutonium in 1998. That represents a change compared to the Iranian preceding declarations, according to which...
  • N. Korea: US might find Pyongyang strike 'tempting'

    05/20/2005 8:52:40 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 805+ views
    The Age (Australia) ^ | 05/21/05 | Hamish McDonald
    US might find Pyongyang strike 'tempting' By Hamish McDonaldBeijingMay 21, 2005   South Korean electronics giant Samsung has launched a unilateral initiative to improve relations with the North. It has signed North Korean dancer Cho Myong-ae to promote its mobile phones. Cho will be the first North Korean to appear in an advertisement in the South.Photo: Reuters A nuclear arms control expert has warned that the United States might be tempted to carry out a strike on the reactor that is North Korea's source of bomb-making plutonium.The warning comes as North Korean moves suggest it may soon carry out a nuclear...
  • N. Korean Think Tank, "Nuclear Test Coming Soon"

    05/08/2005 9:28:41 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 536+ views
    Pressian (S. Korea) ^ | 05/09/05 | Kim Han-kyu
    /begin my translation N. Korean Think Tank, "Nuclear Test Coming Soon" Told a Visiting Japanese Delegation, "No Uranium Enrichment Plan" 05/09/2005 Amid a flurry of reports that N. Korean nuclear test is imminent, a report has belatedly surfaced, which says that N. Korea had told Japanese experts on Korea and figures from Japanese nongovernmental organizations(NGO) that it will have nuclear test soon.   An official at a N. Korean think tank, "Nuclear test coming soon"  According to May 9 issue of Mainichi Shimbun, a Japanese daily, Park Hyun-jae, Vice Director of 'Arms Reduction and Peace Institute', a think tank under N. Korean Foreign Ministry, told Japanese specialists on Korea,...
  • N.Korea May Carry Out Nuclear Test by June-Kyodo(preparation since March,plutonium device)

    04/29/2005 11:11:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 55 replies · 2,246+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 04/30/05
    N.Korea May Carry Out Nuclear Test by June - Kyodo Fri Apr 29,10:13 PM ET TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States has warned the International Atomic Energy Agency that North Korea has been preparing to carry out an underground nuclear test since March and could go ahead as early as June, Kyodo news agency said on Saturday. The report, which quoted diplomatic sources in Vienna, came a day after the chief U.S. negotiator to stalled talks on Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions said Washington believed North Korea might be trying to harvest material for a nuclear bomb from a shut-down reactor. According...
  • N. Korea: U.S. policy on North seen in flux(nuke-test expected, sanction coming)

    04/19/2005 11:27:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies · 652+ views
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 04/20/05 | Kim Chong-hyuck, Kang Chan-ho
    U.S. policy on North seen in flux April 20, 2005 - WASHINGTON - Speaking to an American newspaper, North Korea's top diplomat in New York said the country has shut down its nuclear reactor and plans to increase its nuclear deterrent. At the same time, the United States warned that it may soon change its policy and clamp down on the North economically and militarily. According to a report in USA Today, Han Song-ryol, North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday that his government has shut down its reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex and plans to...
  • North Korea ready to reprocess spent nuclear fuel into plutonium(DOUBLING NUCLEAR ARSENAL)

    04/17/2005 4:53:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 53 replies · 1,782+ views
    AFP ^ | 04/17/05
    North Korea ready to reprocess spent nuclear fuel into plutonium Sun Apr 17, 3:06 AM ET  Asia - AFP TOKYO (AFP) - North Korea has halted operations at a nuclear power reactor at the center of an international row, a move that could let Pyongyang reprocess spent fuel to retract plutonium and boost its nuclear arsenal, a press report said. North Korean workers re-paint a propaganda tower near the truce village of Panmunjom. (AFP/File/Jung Yeon-Je) The United States will shortly send Christopher Hill, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, to South Korea, Japan and China...
  • Five facts about Iran-Russia nuclear deal

    02/27/2005 5:45:04 AM PST · by Racehorse · 1 replies · 475+ views
    AlertNet ^ | 27 February 2005 | Reuters
    TEHRAN, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Iran and Russia signed a nuclear fuel supply deal on Sunday which will allow Tehran to start up its first nuclear power plant in 2006. Here are some facts about the deal.Under the deal, Russia will supply Iran with enriched uranium for Iran's first nuclear reactor in Bushehr on Iran's southern Gulf coastThe first fuel is expected to be delivered to Iran from Siberia in mid-2006. Bushehr will be commissioned in late-2006.. . . Iran will return spent fuel from the reactor to Russia. Spent nuclear reactor fuel can be reprocessed to make bomb-grade plutonium....
  • Debating N. Korea nukes(How many? 15?)

    02/20/2005 6:12:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 513+ views
    News Day ^ | 02/16/05 | Knut Royce
    Debating N. Korea nukes Intelligence officials can't agree on total bombs nation has in its arsenal, but highest tally is as many as 15 BY KNUT ROYCE WASHINGTON BUREAU February 16, 2005 WASHINGTON - Defense Intelligence Agency analysts believe North Korea may already have produced as many as 15 nuclear weapons, according to a DIA official. "A dozen to 15, tops," said the official, who asked to not be further identified. Another intelligence official who works for a separate agency said the DIA's estimate is at the high end of a recent intelligence community-wide assessment of North Korea's nuclear arsenal....

    02/17/2005 10:56:38 AM PST · by Next_Time_NJ · 24 replies · 865+ views
    SELLAFIELD, ENGLAND - Britain's biggest nuclear site can't account for 30 kilograms of plutonium – enough to make seven or eight nuclear bombs.
  • U.S. Asking China to Press North Korea to End Its Nuclear Program(more on uranium flap)

    02/09/2005 6:29:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 360+ views
    NYT ^ | 02/09/05 | DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD
    February 9, 2005 U.S. Asking China to Press North Korea to End Its Nuclear Program By DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 - Driven by new evidence that North Korea may have begun selling nuclear materials around the world, President Bush sent an emissary last week to see President Hu Jintao of China and urge him to intensify diplomatic pressure on the North to give up its weapons program, according to senior American and Asian officials. The emissary, Michael Green, delivered a letter from Mr. Bush to Mr. Hu that, in the words of one American...
  • Uranium Testing Said to Indicate Libya-Korea Link

    02/01/2005 7:53:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,056+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 2, 2005 | DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 - Scientific tests have led American intelligence agencies and government scientists to conclude with near certainty that North Korea sold processed uranium to Libya, bolstering earlier indications that the reclusive state exported sensitive fuel for atomic weapons, according to officials with access to the intelligence. The determination, which has circulated among senior government officials in recent weeks, has touched off a hunt to determine if North Korea has also sold uranium to other countries, including Iran and Syria. So far, there is no evidence that such additional transactions took place. Nonetheless, the conclusion about the uranium transfer...
  • Terror suspect arrested seeking nuclear material

    01/24/2005 8:52:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies · 723+ views
    WND ^ | January 24, 2005 | staff
    German police have arrested two suspected al-Qaida terrorists – one who was allegedly trying to buy enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb and other planning a suicide attack in Iraq. According to a German prosecutor, the arrests, which occurred early Sunday, came after months of investigation, Knight-Ridder reported. The suspects were nabbed after early morning police raids in Mainz and Bonn. President Bush is scheduled to visit Mainz next month, which heightens the security concerns in the city. It was determined today there was enough evidence to keep the pair in custody pending possible charges. Authorities described one suspect, Ibrahim...
  • IAEA inspectors investigate nuclear lab in Egypt - diplomats

    01/20/2005 8:18:23 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 189+ views
    AFX | January 20, 2005
    VIENNA (AFX) - UN inspectors are investigating undeclared nuclear activity in Egypt which could be related to atomic weapons development, diplomats said. The International Atomic Agency (IAEA) are checking a reprocessing lab which makes plutonium, the diplomats said.
  • As Nuclear Secrets Emerge in Khan Inquiry, More Are Suspected

    12/26/2004 5:27:25 AM PST · by Arjun · 17 replies · 1,471+ views
    When experts from the US and the IAEA came upon blueprints for a 10-kiloton atomic bomb in the files of the Libyan weapons program earlier this year, they found themselves caught between gravity and pettiness. The discovery gave the experts a new appreciation of the audacity of the rogue nuclear network led by A. Q. Khan, a chief architect of Pakistan's bomb. Intelligence officials had watched Dr. Khan for years and suspected that he was trafficking in machinery for enriching uranium to make fuel for warheads. But the detailed design represented a new level of danger, particularly since the Libyans...
  • Rocky Flats plan calls for public use

    12/17/2004 4:22:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 329+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/17/04 | Dan Elliott - AP
    DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday endorsed hiking, hunting and other public use of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant after it is cleaned up and converted to a wildlife refuge. The agency released its draft management plan and environmental impact statement for the 6,240-acre site outside Denver where the government once made plutonium triggers for nuclear warheads. The plan outlines uses for the site after the $7 billion cleanup, scheduled to be complete in 2006. The agency's preferred option includes hiking, cycling, horseback riding and some hunting. It includes about 16 miles of...
  • US Commander North Korea May Sell plutonium to Terrorists

    11/21/2004 3:33:01 PM PST · by Snapple · 21 replies · 548+ views
    AP ^ | 11-21-2004 | AP
    <p>SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A top U-S general says impoverished North Korea might resort to selling weapons-grade plutonium to terrorists for much-needed cash.</p> <p>General Leon LaPorte, the top U-S military commander in South Korea, says if that happens, it would be "disastrous for the world." LaPorte says the communist state may have harvested plutonium from a pool of eight-thousand spent nuclear fuel rods, which experts say could yield enough material for several atomic bombs.</p>
  • UN: Traces of Plutonium Found in Egypt.

    11/05/2004 8:37:20 AM PST · by dmartin · 25 replies · 2,102+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | November 5, 2004
    VIENNA, Austria - U.N. experts have found traces of plutonium near an Egyptian nuclear facility and are investigating whether it could be weapons-related or simply a byproduct of the country’s peaceful atomic activities, diplomats told The Associated Press on Friday. The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, warned against assuming that Egypt might have contravened the Nonproliferation Treaty by trying to separate plutonium, a substance used in nuclear weapons. The traces could be from a cracked research reactor fuel element or have other origins that have nothing to do with weapons research, they said. “From time to time, these things...
  • Russian Scientist Surrenders Arms-Grade Plutonium (AP account)

    11/02/2004 12:32:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies · 202+ views
    My Way ^ | Nov 2, 6:52 AM (ET) | AP
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian atomic scientist surrendered eight containers filled with arms-grade nuclear material to police Tuesday after keeping it in his garage for eight years, Russian media reported. Leonid Grigorov found the 14 ounces of plutonium-238 in a heap of rubbish at his laboratory near Russia's border with Kazakhstan, Itar-Tass news agency said. Interfax news agency said the lab, looted after the Soviet collapse in 1991, was eventually closed and deserted. Grigorov decided to hide the material, which could theoretically be used to make a "dirty bomb," in a box and only handed it in to local police...