Tag Archives: Uranium Enrichment

Why North Korea’s Missile Success Isn’t a Secret, and Why a Solid Fuelled ICBM Might Come Sooner than Later

A perceptive Japanese economist has described North Korea’s economy as that of a poor advanced country, an important observation. Many, but by no means all, of the key developments underpinning North Korea’s successful development of a long range missile capability … Continue reading

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North Korea’s Peanut Shaped Hydrogen Bomb and the W87 Warhead

There have been some reports stating that the peanut shape of North Korea’s two-stage thermonuclear warhead displayed, and tested, on September 3 is unlike that of other hydrogen bombs. This is not accurate. The physics package of the W87 warhead … Continue reading

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Additional Reprocessing of Plutonium at Yongbyon?

A study of the thermal patterns at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre conducted and published by researchers at 38North suggests that North Korea has engaged in two plutonium reprocessing campaigns not previously, publicly, known which naturally boosts external estimates … Continue reading

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Peddling Peril: Iran’s Advanced Centrifuge and the *Real* Weakness of the JCPOA

While we have been focusing on North Korea the Iran nuclear file bubbles underneath the surface, and sometimes that bubble breaches the surface. Iran just had presidential elections where the reformist incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, was decisively reelected. My view of … Continue reading

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The Fermi Paradox and Nuclear Terrorism: Where are the Mushroom Clouds?

29 September marked the birthday of Enrico Fermi, one of the 20th centuries more noted physicists. It was Fermi that posed the famous paradox, since named after him, on the probability of extraterrestrial intelligence. To mark the occasion I reproduce … Continue reading

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Possible New Centrifuge Plant at Kahuta and the Nuclear Suppliers Group

Public domain satellite imagery shows new construction activity at the Khan Research Laboratories, Kahuta Pakistan, consistent with development of a new uranium enrichment plant. The imagery was obtained on 28 September 2015 and 18 April 2016. According to Jane’s Intelligence … Continue reading

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