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  • Threat Matrix: April 2008

    04/01/2008 8:13:21 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,366 replies · 5,737+ views
    Afghanistan to Ask NATO for Bigger Army Afghan officials will go to the NATO summit in Romania Thursday with a request: pay to increase our national Army by 40 percent. A bigger Army, Afghan officials argue, will allow the US and other coalition members to scale back in the coming years. This appeal comes amid pleas from the US and Canada for other NATO members to commit more to the Afghanistan mission, which many analysts say has floundered over the past year for lack of resources and a coherent strategy. France is expected to contribute another 1,000 forces and...
  • N. Korea produced 30 kg plutonium: report (18kg for nuke development, 6kg for nuke test)

    04/20/2008 10:15:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 2,639+ views
    Straits Times ^ | 04/21/08
    N. Korea produced 30 kg plutonium: report TOKYO - NORTH Korea told the United States in December it has produced a total of around 30 kg of plutonium, about 20 kg less than what the United States estimates, a Japanese newspaper reported on Monday. The daily Tokyo Shimbun reported that North Korea's chief envoy to the talks, Kim Kye Gwan, told his US counterpart, Christopher Hill in North Korea last December the North had used about 18 kg of its plutonium stockpile for nuclear development and around 6 kg for its first and only underground nuclear test in October 2006....
  • After A Nuclear 9/11

    03/26/2008 12:17:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1,311+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 25, 2008 | Jay Davis
    The appearance of nuclear weapons materials on the black market is a growing global concern, and it is crucial that the United States reinforce its team of nuclear forensics experts and modernize its forensics tools to prepare for or respond to a possible nuclear terrorist attack. Large quantities of nuclear materials are inadequately secured in several countries, including Russia and Pakistan. Since 1993, there have been more than 1,300 incidents of illicit trafficking of nuclear materials, including plutonium and highly enriched uranium, both of which can be used to develop an atomic bomb. And these are only the incidents we...
  • N Korea may have made 30-40 kg of plutonium

    02/01/2008 5:45:36 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies · 318+ views
    Japan Today ^ | Friday, February 1, 2008 at 15:19 EST
    AMHERST, Massachusetts — North Korea is expected to declare it has produced 30 to 40 kilograms of plutonium when it gives a full account of its nuclear programs under a six-party deal, top U.S. nuclear negotiator Christopher Hill said. That is less than about 50 kg the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs had earlier suggested. Hill's remarks may reflect the information he received from Pyongyang as he called for the state's fulfillment of its six-way obligations. "They are supposed to give us a full figure on that, which will be in the neighborhood of 30,...
  • North Korea nuclear fuel rods tough to extract: envoy

    11/30/2007 5:57:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 84+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/30/07 | Jack Kim and Jon Herskovitz
    North Korea nuclear fuel rods tough to extract: envoy Fri Nov 30, 3:32 AM ET The removal of fuel rods from an ageing reactor at the heart of North Korea's nuclear arms program, an important step in a disarmament deal, will stretch into next year, South Korea's nuclear envoy said on Friday. North Korea agreed with regional powers to disable its Soviet-era reactor and other nuclear facilities by the end of this year in exchange for aid and an end to its international ostracism. "A lot of preparation is needed to get the fuel out of there," Chun Yung-woo told...
  • N. Korea: Taiwan firm sold DPRK precision equipment (this year: plutonium-extracting machine)

    11/26/2007 8:07:02 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 228+ views
    Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | 11/27/07 | Toshinao Ishii
    Taiwan firm sold DPRK precision equipment Toshinao Ishii / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent TAIPEI--Taiwanese investigators have sent papers to prosecutors on a company suspected of violating the trade law by illegally exporting precision equipment capable of producing nuclear weapons-related materials to North Korea, sources said Tuesday. With Japan tightening its controls on exports to North Korea following the revelation of Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development programs, North Korea is believed to have turned to Taiwan, which is not a member of the United Nations, to import Taiwanese machinery. The machinery are said to have contained high-tech parts from Japan. According to...
  • 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...