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August 9, 2005

Dissident Claims Iran Has 4,000 Centrifuges

Topics: Iran

And we're not talking about Beckman ultracentrifuges like I and thousands of other scientists have used in medical research. Throughout the global nuclear industry, uranium is enriched by one of two methods: gaseous diffusion and gas centrifuge. It's the second type, the gas centrifuge, that we're talking about here.

Via the AP

Iran has manufactured about 4,000 centrifuges capable of enriching uranium to weapons grade, an exiled Iranian dissident who helped uncover nearly two decades of covert nuclear activity in 2002 said Tuesday.

Alireza Jafarzadeh told The Associated Press the centrifuges -- which he said are unknown to the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency -- are ready to be installed at Iran's nuclear facility in Natanz.

(...) These 4,000 centrifuge machines have not been declared to the IAEA, and the regime has kept the production of these machines hidden from the inspectors while the negotiations with the European Union have been going on over the past 21 months," Jafarzadeh said in a telephone interview.

That's 25 times the quantity it has admitted to the UN!

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Posted by Hyscience at August 9, 2005 3:00 PM

It only takes 300 grams of weapons grade plutonium to achieve critical mass. 1000 grams or one kilogram of weapons grade plutonium can be detonated. These are called briefcase or satchel bombs. A briefcase or satchel bomb will produce the comparable blast effects of 20,000 lbs of TNT.

Kinda makes the current Al-Queda suicide bombers look like amateurs, doesn't it?

A tactical nuclear weapon, like those capable of being affixed to warplanes, contain ony 3000 grams or 3 kilograms of weapons grade plutonium.

Posted by: harry at August 9, 2005 3:36 PM

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