Monday, December 14, 2009

New Documents Reveal Iran Continued Working Towards Nuclear Weapons

The 2007 NIE claimed that the Iranians had stopped work on nuclear weapons, but evidence coming out this year continues to show just how misguided that report truly was. A new report indicates that Iran was working on neutron triggers, the only purpose of which is to be used in nuclear weapons as an initiator of the chain reaction. It was part of a four year plan to test the components critical to building a nuclear weapon.

The trigger device work appears to have Pakistani fingerprints on it, which also suggests links to the AQ Khan network.
The technical document describes the use of a neutron source, uranium deuteride, which independent experts confirm has no possible civilian or military use other than in a nuclear weapon. Uranium deuteride is the material used in Pakistan’s bomb, from where Iran obtained its blueprint.
This work has no civilian applications, but is purely military in intent.

The world continues ignoring the Iranian nuclear weapons program at its own peril.

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