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Secret document exposes Iran's nuclear trigger

• London Times
Confidential intelligence documents obtained by The Times show that Iran is working on testing a key final component of a nuclear bomb.

The notes, from Iran’s most sensitive military nuclear project, describe a four-year plan to test a neutron initiator, the component of a nuclear bomb that triggers an explosion. Foreign intelligence agencies date them to early 2007, four years after Iran was thought to have suspended its weapons programme. 

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Comment by Brock Lorber
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Oh, and "forced to admit" the existence of Qom is somewhat strange nomenclature for merely abiding by the NPT to which Iran is a signatory.

Comment by Brock Lorber
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Note to journalists: you can buy the same documents for $52.00 from Barnes and Noble.

The documents are from an unclassified conference attended by pretty much anybody who wanted to get a top-level version of old-timey nuclear reactions (think 1950s).

Having the documents means nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  The only thing that means anything is the question of whether or not Iran has PoBe or UD3 or whatever the Israelies claim next.

It's supposed to be a no-win for Tehran: admit you have it, and you are researching weapons.  Don't admit it, and you're hiding your weapons program.

The problem is, the IAEA is very good at proving the negative.  That is, it takes NTP materials to make PoBe and UD3, so if Iran can account for all the materials subject to the NTP (they can and do) then there can't be any diversion to projects such as creating UD3.

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