Thursday, June 21, 2007

Pakistan Pushes Plutonium Production

ABC News has obtained a satellite picture that it claims reveals Pakistan is nearing completion of a previously unknown, third plutonium production reactor.

The highly unstable Musharraf government is believed to already possess some 60-nuclear warheads. The new reactor, and an earlier one also nearly complete, are believed to allow Pakistan to build another 10-warheads per year. It is also believed that with larger stocks of plutonium, Pakistan will be able to design smaller, lighter and more powerful warheads better suited to its lovely line of short and medium-range missiles.

Pakistan is not a signatory to the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and so is not subject to inspections. The US, by contrast, is a signatory to that treaty but governs itself as though it wasn't.

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