The IAEA experts discovered 30 metric tons-IS of heavy water hidden in 600 tanks, each holding 13 gallons, according to the report they handed in last week to agency headquarters in Vienna.
From the shape of the tanks and other indications, the experts concluded that this stock had not come from the heavy water plant at Arak but was imported.
Metric tons-IS measure the amount of energy a given quantity can release. The force and types of nuclear bombs are gauged in kilotons or megatons.
The American nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in World War II was equal to 20 kilotons of TNT. By this standard, the amount of heavy water discovered at Isfahan would be enough to make at least one plutonium bomb when the plutonium reactor under construction near the Arak heavy water facility is finished.
Other than its civilian uses, heavy water may be used to produce tritium, which intensifies the explosive force of nuclear warheads.
The discovery of quantities of heavy water at Isfahan confirms the suspicions surrounding Iran’s nuclear program in three respects.
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Analysis. It’s about bloody time that people started talking about plutonium and Iran in the same sentence. There is little reason for the Iranians to have a heavy water reactor at Arak other than to make plutonium.
So where did this plutonium come from? North Korea anyone?! We must always remember that the Iranian and North Korean WMD programs are two parts of the same program.
Also, take a serious look at Ryan’s post on the current bloodletting in Yemen. The closer the Iranians get to creating another outpost on the western side of the Arabian peninsula, the closer we get to major war in the Middle East.
I have little doubt that the Iranians are attempting to threaten the Saudi regime for religious reasons.
The Sunni-Shiite split that occurred at the death of Mohammad is rearing its ugly head again.