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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
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  • 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...