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Heads Up: North Korea Sealing Tunnels in Preparation for Another Atomic Bomb Test

23 January, 2013

Well…  Either that or they like dumping tons of concrete into mine shafts just for the helluvit:

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N. Korea completes preparations for nuclear test

By Kim Eun-jung
SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) — North Korea has completed all technical preparations for a nuclear test and can carry it out in a few days if it makes a decision, a South Korean intelligence source said Wednesday.

North Korea had dug up a tunnel for a test at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, but the tunnel has now been plugged with dirt and concrete, the source said, suggesting that all measuring and other equipment has already been installed inside.

It was unclear when the tunnel was sealed.

“North Korea has completed technical preparations for a nuclear test,” the source said. “If (North Korean leader) Kim Jong-un makes a political decision, the North can conduct a nuclear test in a few days.”

Earlier in the day, North Korea hinted at the possibility of conducting a nuclear test after the U.N. Security Council adopted a new resolution condemning the country’s Dec. 12 long-range rocket launch.

South Korean officials said they have stepped up monitoring of the test site.

North Korea had detonated nuclear devices at the Punggye-ri test site in 2006 and 2009, following long-range rocket launches.

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“North Korea has continuously conducted computer simulations for an additional atomic test with data acquired from the first and second nuclear tests,” a senior official said, asking for anonymity as he is not allowed to disclose information to media.

Seoul officials say the North is expected to detonate a nuclear device made of highly enriched uranium, which is difficult to immediately detect with available techniques, including airborne radioactivity, seismological and airborne sound wave tests.

“It seems that the North needs to develop highly enriched uranium to secure additional nuclear materials because of its limited quantity of plutonium,” a senior intelligence official said, asking to be unnamed.

The North is capable of producing about 40 kilograms of HEU a year, intelligence officials said, considering North Korean officials at Yongbyon nuclear complex told U.S. nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker, former chief of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, that 2,000 centrifuges were operational during his 2010 visit.

If that’s correct, the North can produce up to two nuclear devices per year with that amount, they noted.

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Graph Obtained by Associated Press Confirms Iran Working on Atomic Bomb

28 November, 2012

Yeah, I’m sure Obama’s sanctions against Iran will deter them from building a nuclear device.  After all, sanctions have always worked in the past when you have fanatics running a country, right?  

/sarcasm

Iran nuclear bomb? Iranian scientists running simulations on bomb with massive explosive force
via WPTV

VIENNA – Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, according to a diagram obtained by The Associated Press.

The diagram was leaked by officials from a country critical of Iran’s atomic program to bolster their arguments that Iran’s nuclear program must be halted before it produces a weapon. The officials provided the diagram only on condition that they and their country not be named.

The International Atomic Energy Agency — the Vienna-based U.N. nuclear watchdog — reported last year that it had obtained diagrams indicating that Iran was calculating the “nuclear explosive yield” of potential weapons. A senior diplomat who is considered neutral on the issue confirmed that the graph obtained by the AP was indeed one of those cited by the IAEA in that report. He spoke only on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue.

The IAEA report mentioning the diagrams last year did not give details of what they showed. But the diagram seen by the AP shows a bell curve — with variables of time in micro-seconds, and power and energy both in kilotons — the traditional measurement of the energy output, and hence the destructive power of nuclear weapons. The curve peaks at just above 50 kilotons at around 2 microseconds, reflecting the full force of the weapon being modeled.

The bomb that the United States dropped on Hiroshima in Japan during World War II, in comparison, had a force of about 15 kilotons. Modern nuclear weapons have yields hundreds of times higher than that.

The diagram has a caption in Farsi: “Changes in output and in energy released as a function of time through power pulse.” The number “5” is part of the title, suggesting it is part of a series.

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Iran Preparing to Down Civilian Passenger Planes if its Nuclear Program Attacked

2 July, 2012

Nothing like trying to fight a gentlemen’s war with an enemy who still uses rocks to wipe his butt with:

Source: Iran preparing to down American passenger planes
By Reza Kahlili – DailyCaller

A source who served in Iranian intelligence says the Iranian regime is preparing to down Western airliners in case of an attack on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has been preparing for war for some time as the Islamic regime closes in on developing nuclear weapons, says a source who served in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence and has recently defected to a country in Europe.

The source said the regime has taken several measures should war erupt:

  • Thirty-two command and control centers have been formed around the country so that the Guards and the Basij can act independently in battle. In case of a breakdown of communication with the central government, their orders are to suppress any uprising from within and confront any potential enemy.
  • All political prisoners and all activists within the country are to be slaughtered, as are those Iranian opponents outside the country, to ensure no viable opposition will remain to guide an uprising to overthrow of the regime.
  • Thousands of cells have been established in collaboration with Hezbollah to conduct terrorist acts against Israel, America and the West. One specific preparation, as discussed by the Guard commanders, is to target America’s civilian airliners in order to cause terror in the West.

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The source [also] said that Iran is close to obtaining a nuclear bomb, which regime leaders believe will make them invincible. The source and others disenchanted with the regime also wonder why the West is vacillating and allowing Iran to pursue its destructive goals.

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Obama Vows to Gut America’s Nuclear Arsenal…Again!

26 March, 2012

Let’s see now…  Obama is gutting our deployed nuclear stockpile from 5,113 to 1,550.  Now, he want’s to gut that even further!  If recent news items are to be believed, Obama is aiming at a low end retention of only 300 nukes.  That would drop us down to about the level of nukes possessed by France!   Gee, that’s comforting…

Anyway, good luck with that, comrade Obama.   Better get crackin’ before November, чмо!:

Obama vows to pursue further nuclear cuts with Russia

Matt Spetalnick and Jeremy Laurence
March 26, 2012

SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Monday to pursue further nuclear arms cuts with Russia, urged China to follow suit and issued stern warnings to North Korea and Iran in their nuclear standoffs with the West.

Acknowledging the United States has more warheads than necessary, Obama held out the prospect of new reductions in the U.S. arsenal as he sought to rally world leaders for additional concrete steps against the threat of nuclear terrorism.

“We can already say with confidence that we have more nuclear weapons than we need,” Obama told students at South Korea’s Hankuk University a few hours before a global nuclear security summit opened in Seoul.

He pledged a new arms-control push with incoming Russian president Vladimir Putin when they meet in May. But any further reductions would face stiff election-year opposition from Republicans in Congress who already accuse him of weakening America’s nuclear deterrent.

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Though Obama was vague on exactly how such a vision would be achieved, he voiced confidence the United States and Russia, which reached a landmark arms-control treaty in 2010, “can continue to make progress and reduce our nuclear stockpiles”.

“I firmly believe that we can ensure the security of the United States and our allies, maintain a strong deterrent against any threat, and still pursue further reductions in our nuclear arsenal,” he said.

But another arms accord with Moscow will be a tough sell to U.S. conservatives who say Obama has not moved fast enough to modernize the U.S. strategic arsenal, a pledge he made in return for Republican votes that helped ratify the START treaty.

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Folks, we are being sold down the river by a gaggle of idiots! 

McCain Throws In His Support for START Treaty

1 December, 2010

Yup, just another stinkin” RINO:

GOP Softens Stance on Treaty

By JONATHAN WEISMAN And LAURA MECKLERWSJ

President Barack Obama on Tuesday gained significant Republican support for his top foreign-policy priority, a nuclear-arms treaty with Russia that in recent days had appeared all but dead for the year in the Senate.

Separately, in their long-awaited first meeting since the election, the president and Republican leaders appointed a set of negotiators to hunt for a compromise on the future of the Bush-era tax cuts, set to expire at year’s end.

Mr. Obama wants the Senate to ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in its current lame-duck session, but Republican leaders have resisted. On Tuesday, however, two key Senate Republicans, John McCain of Arizona and George Voinovich of Ohio, expressed confidence that the agreement could be ratified before the end of the year.

Mr. Voinovich all but said he would vote for it, after saying just weeks ago that the accord posed a threat to U.S. allies in Eastern Europe. “There seems to be a lot of coming together there and a lot more comfort [with the treaty] among our friends and allies in Europe,” Mr. Voinovich said in an interview. “I think I’d be supportive.”

Only one Republican, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations panel, has said he would vote for the treaty, though it has the support of the military and much of the Republican foreign-policy establishment.

Mr. McCain also appeared to be coming around. In mid-November, he had suggested he would take his cue from Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.), who on Sunday said there was no chance the treaty would be ratified this year. But on Tuesday, Mr. McCain said on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “I believe we can move forward with the START treaty and satisfy Sen. Kyl’s concerns and mine about missile defense and others.”

“We’re making quiet, steady progress, and I want to keep it quiet for the moment,” said Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D., Mass.). Treaty ratification requires 67 votes, which means Mr. Obama needs to attract at least nine GOP votes.

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Nuclear Scientist Assassinated in Tehran

29 November, 2010

Looks like Israel is taking care of the business that a pusillanimous Obama (and Bush, for that matter) should have taken care of long ago!

Iranian nuclear scientist killed and another wounded in separate bomb attacks

By Daily Mail Reporter
On 29th November 2010 – DailyMail.co.uk

* Both targeted in Tehran by men riding motorbikes
* Local media blames Israel for assassination attempts

An Iranian nuclear scientist has been killed and another injured in separate attacks in Tehran today.

The scientists were targeted in two different locations by men riding motorcycles who attached bombs to their car windows as they drove to work.

One device killed Dr Majid Shahriari, a member of the nuclear engineering faculty at the Tehran University, and wounded his wife.

The second blast seriously wounded nuclear physicist Dr Fereidoun Abbasi. His wife was also injured.

Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, said Dr Shahriari was involved in a major project at the country’s chief nuclear agency, though he did not give specifics.

State television swiftly blamed Israel for the attacks.

At least two other Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed in recent years in what Iran has alleged is part of a covert attempt by the West to damage its controversial nuclear program.

Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, said Dr Shahriari was involved in a major project at the country’s chief nuclear agency, though he did not give specifics.

State television swiftly blamed Israel for the attacks.

At least two other Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed in recent years in what Iran has alleged is part of a covert attempt by the West to damage its controversial nuclear program.

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Surprise: Obama’s Strategic Arms Control Treaty Favors Russia at America’s Expense

22 July, 2010

Okay, so it’s not really all that surprising to any of us who have been paying attention to Obama’s disastrous policies which always seem to be aimed at undermining America’s security and independence:

New START: White House Figures Are Deceptive
By:  Baker Spring – The Heritage Foundation

According to press reports, an undisclosed State Department report on the new strategic arms control treaty with Russia, called New START, reveals that the Obama Administration is not concerned about the implications of Russian cheating under the treaty. Specifically, the State Department report supposedly states that “any Russian cheating under the treaty would have little effect, if any, on the assured second-strike capabilities of U.S. strategic forces.”

New START is now being examined by a variety of Senate committees in advance of a possible future vote in the Senate on consenting to the ratification of the treaty. Up until now, Senate examination has made it appear that the Obama Administration was willing to use New START as a means for accepting a parity relationship with Russia in terms strategic nuclear forces. This development represented a huge concession to Russia because the treaty will force the U.S. to limit its strategic nuclear force in accordance with Russia’s lesser near-term capacity to field such forces.

The State Department’s report makes it clear that the Obama Administration’s real concession to Russia will be far larger. This is because it effectively concedes that the Administration really favors a “minimum deterrence” strategic nuclear force, where a large disparity in the numbers of strategic nuclear warheads in favor of Russia is determined to be insignificant. Under the minimum deterrence policy, the U.S. will give to Russia a many-fold advantage in the numbers of deployed strategic nuclear delivery systems and warheads. This comes at a time where Russia already has such an advantage in the number of non-strategic nuclear weapons.

The outlines of a minimum deterrence posture are described in an April 2009 report issued by the Federation of American Scientists and the Natural Resources Defense Council. According to this report, the numbers of weapons in the U.S. arsenal can safely be reduced to roughly 1,000 by 2020, and later to 500 because the U.S. should radically and unilaterally change its nuclear deterrence doctrine. This recommendation comes despite the fact that New START’s ceiling is 1,550 accountable warheads and Russia plans to maintain in excess of 2,000 real warheads. Apparently, the Obama Administration’s assertions about the kind of strategic nuclear force the U.S. would retain under New START in its Nuclear Posture Review is little more than subterfuge.


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