Two members of the ‘axis of evil’ conspiring to make nuclear weapons? Such a nightmare scenario would be dreadful indeed. But with unnamed sources claiming North Korea is helping Iran go nuclear, something about the plot seems dreamt up.
George W. Bush’s long-awaited chance to utter an “I told you so” may have arrived, as reports of nuclear weapons cooperation between Iran and North Korea surface in Asia.
So why on earth are we using uranium? As you may recall, research into the mechanization of nuclear reactions was initially driven not by the desire to make energy, but by the desire to make bombs. And here we come to it: Thorium reactors do not produce plutonium, which is what you need to make a nuke.How ironic.
The fact that thorium reactors could not produce fuel for nuclear weapons meant the better reactor fuel got short shrift, yet today we would love to be able to clearly differentiate a country’s nuclear reactors from its weapons program.
Toshiba may team up with Bill Gates to develop small nuclear reactors. The reactors could work for about 100 years without refueling. They could be launched fairly easily by states and cities. They provide emission-free energy. You probably remember the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
President Barack Obama says he isn't bluffing when he says Iran shouldn't have a nuclear weapon. "I think both the Iranian and the Israeli governments recognize that, when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say." Iranian officials have insisted their nuclear program is intended solely for peaceful purposes but their statements have not persuaded Washington or Israel.
Daily News @ http://RevolutionNews.US ~ The United States conducted a subcritical nuclear test Sept. 15 in a Nevada underground test site, marking the first such experiment since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the U.S. Energy Department said Tuesday.
The experiment, which did not entail a chain reaction that would create a nuclear explosion, was the 24th subcritical test the country has conducted since 1997, and the first one since August 2006 under the administration of President George W. Bush.
President Barack Obama has been informed that the country defense forces lost complete command and control of one-ninth of the US nuclear arsenal last Saturday. Administration officials stressed that the problem was only temporary, but that doesn't mean it wasn't big.