rumsfeld and ABB nuke deal

in General Discussion edited January 2014
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one day friend, one day enemy....


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    toweltowel Posts: 1,479member
    [quote]one day friend, one day enemy....<hr></blockquote>

    Erm, wait a second...

    These reactors were being built as part of the 1994 agreement with NK. They were to be "light-water" types that are not useful for producing weapons-grade material, and were in exchange for NK "freezing" its other nuclear reactors that could/can produce weapons-grade plutonium.

    This wasn't a back-room business deal, but part of a mjor international agreement, done very much in the light of day (and negotiated under Clinton). It turns out NK was cheating on that agreement the whole time, which is why the US recently backed out - but that was hardly Rumsfield's fault.

    As for the reactors having the potential to produce "dirty bomb" material, um, sure, I guess. But anything radioactive can be put into a dirty bomb, including every isotope used in science and medicine. Producing a little iodine-131 is certainly better than producing a lot of plutonium.

    Conclusion: if this is really what passes for journalism in the rest of world... <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[oyvey]" />
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