People who know what they're talking about would disagree with your view on
this issue. If I knew you were going to happen along, I would've jotted down
the names of experts who were interviewed just after the latest intelligence
stinker about Iran's nuclear capabilities. They all said that refining the
fuel was a bitch, but bomb design was the easiest part.
Remember, too, that A.Q. Khan got nothing more than a slap on the hand. Do
you really think the technology is such a well guarded secret?
You never saw me say anything indicating that I'm a pacifist. If you
disagree, please prove me wrong.
I suspect you're not interpreting what they _really_ said quite right
although I don't have a clue as to what or to whom specifically you're
referring (other than the general gist of the report (that is now also
not necessarily looking to be all that intelligent from what I hear more
recently) I've not read much detail.)
Anyway, the basics of rudimentary technology for separation isn't that
difficult, either -- it's the details of the efficiency of how to do it
in large quantities with "only" hundreds or low-thousands of centrifuges
as opposed to 10's of thousands in order to obtain sufficient
weapons-grade material in a relatively short time.
Similar story w/ weapons manufacture -- to utilize limited amounts of
material efficiently is a pretty good trick -- if one had lots of
material, a crude weapon is indeed relatively straightforward.
I'm not going to whine and demand a citation. I believe this claim.
Obviously (to me, anyway), "easy" in this context is relative.
Perhaps not, particularly with the proliferation of knowledge due to internet
connectivity and access. I'm sure much of weapons nuke technology is well
guarded, but not exactly secret anymore. Too bad. <sigh>
Agreed. You're words have revealed that. I suspect, however, that you are
among those that believe that words (diplomacy) should be used well after I
think the shooting should commence.
Methinks the gentleman doth protest too much. You are informed and write
well. I've enjoyed the "conversation".
Oh, wait. This is usenet: Your muther wears COMBAT BOOTS! (So there)
That's a lot of NONSENSE,as Iran signed the NPT,agreeing to monitoring of
their entire nuclear program,not just the visible civilian power part of
Once they violated their agreement.....off come the gloves.
We dust off the War Prayer:
O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to
battle - be Thou near them! With them - in spirit - we also go forth from
the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe.
O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our
shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their
patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with shrieks of their
wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with
hurricanes of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows
with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little
children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and
hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of
winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge
of the grave and denied it - for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their
hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy
their steps, water their way with tears, stain the white snow with the blood
of their wounded feet!
We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who
is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek
His aid with humble and contrite hearts.
that still leaves government nuclear plants,reactors that make nuclear
medical isotopes,and the secret enrichment facilities like Iran and
I suspect that one could take spent fuel rods from a light water reactor
and separate the PU from it to make warheads.
You could also use the spent rods for "dirty bombs",another sort of
You figured that out?
"A close examination by the IAEA of the radioactive isotope content in the
nuclear waste revealed that North Korea had extracted about 24 kilograms of
Plutonium. North Korea was supposed to have produced 0.9 gram of Plutonium
per megawatt every day over a 4-year period from 1987 to 1991. The 0.9 gram
per day multiplied by 365 days by 4 years and by 30 megawatts equals to 39
kilograms. When the yearly operation ratio is presumed to be 60 percent, the
actual amount was estimated at 60% of 39 kilograms, or some 23.4 kilograms.
Since 20-kiloton standard nuclear warhead has 8 kilograms of critical mass,
this amounts to mass of material of nuclear fission out of which about 3
nuclear warheads could be extracted."
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