Nuclear detector set up on Iran border (for all the good it will do)

Posted: December 6, 2009 in Iran, Israel, Middle East, nuclear weapons
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Here are two articles about Iran’s nuclear activities that I came across today.

Nuclear detector set up on Iran border
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2009

… UN agency completing a nuclear test detection station in Turkmenistan, just a few kilometers from the Iranian border.

The PS44 installation is the 337th facility of the International Monitoring System. It was set up by the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), a network of stations across the globe that monitors the atmosphere to detect nuclear blasts by countries secretly testing nuclear weapons. PS44 is expected to be operational by 2010, once it has been tested.

http://bit.ly/7GD5wb

Iran successfully simulates nuclear warhead detonation

DEBKAfile Special Report 4 December 2009

German intelligence reports that Iranian scientists have successfully simulated the detonation of a nuclear warhead in laboratory conditions, in an effort to sidestep an underground nuclear test like the one that brought the world down on North Korea’s head earlier this year.

DEBKAfile’s Iranian and intelligence sources report that this development is alarming because detonation is one of the most difficult technological challenges in the development of a nuclear weapon. Mastering it carries Iran past one of the last major obstacles confronting its program for the manufacture of a nuclear warhead.

http://bit.ly/7GlNAi

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