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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Graph shows Iran developing bomb three times the size of Hiroshima

A diagram obtained by the Associated Press shows that Iran is working on a nuclear weapon with more than three times the power of the bomb that the United States dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. Earlier this month, the IAEA reported that Iran has doubled its enrichment capabilities at its underground facility at Fordow, meaning that it may be only a few months away from developing a nuclear weapon.
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.
David Albright, whose Institute for Science and International Security is used by the U.S. government as a go-to source on Iran's nuclear program, said the diagram looks genuine but seems to be designed more "to understand the process" than as part of a blueprint for an actual weapon in the making.
"The yield is too big," Albright said, noting that North Korea's first tests of a nuclear weapon were only a few kilotons. Because the graph appears to be only one in a series, others might show lower yields, closer to what a test explosion might produce, he said.
Prime Minister Netanyahu should be happy that yesterday's Likud primary is likely to yield him an inner cabinet that will be far more hawkish on Iran than the current one. It looks like Israel will need to take action soon.

What could go wrong?

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6 Comments:

At 12:16 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

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At 5:41 AM, Blogger debbie said...

Bibi didn't go after gaza. What makes you think he will go after Iran?

 
At 7:08 AM, Blogger Phoenix Matthias said...

I really hope that the people in charge of Israel's defense decide to do something about this. "Something" does not include talking and talking while doing nothing, as they have always done.

Only action will stop Iran. Israel's leaders must realize that. Or they'll just keep talking, talking, delaying, and dithering. Without taking any action.

It's looking like that was going to happen.

People who love Israel and the Israeli people have been hoping that Israel would defend itself. It's looking like they're not going to.

 
At 7:08 AM, Blogger Phoenix Matthias said...

I really hope that the people in charge of Israel's defense decide to do something about this. "Something" does not include talking and talking while doing nothing, as they have always done.

Only action will stop Iran. Israel's leaders must realize that. Or they'll just keep talking, talking, delaying, and dithering. Without taking any action.

It's looking like that was going to happen.

People who love Israel and the Israeli people have been hoping that Israel would defend itself. It's looking like they're not going to.

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger TurkicUnity said...

Ha ha ha ha it is too late to stop Iran.

 
At 6:35 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

The White House is quietly pushing their drones over the fiscal cliff. This will trigger massive defense cuts which Obama will then claim hamstring him from acting. By April-June 2013 Iran will test a nuclear device, declare itself a nuclear power and demand the US leave Iraq and Afghanistan. It will then claim it can deploy nuclear weapons in Lebanon and Syria. Whether it does that or not will remain to be seen. In either case Obama will go down in history as the President who ushered in a new era of nuclear terrorism.

 

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