A Tale of Two Nuclear Reactors

Iran test its first nuclear plant despite international sanctions. The head of the Russian nuclear agency Sergei Kiriyenko confirmed that the construction of the Russian-built plant at the Gulf port of Bushehr is now complete. Russia took over the construction of the reactor in 1995 but work was delayed due to the standoff between Iran and the international community.

Iran has however, insisted that its nuclear drive is for peaceful purposes and rejected the UN Security Council’s call for a halt in uranium enrichment. Enrichment is the process that makes nuclear fuel for power plants (and fissile core for an atomic bomb).

The United States fears that Iran would turned the spent fuel from the reactor into plutonium and build a nuclear warhead. In 2005, Iran promised to return the spent fuel to Russia to ensure that it cannot be reprocessed into plutonium. Perhaps a little more concern than the United States is Israel, who threatened to use airstrikes to destroy all nuclear-related Iranian facilities.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had once said that he would ‘wipe out’ Israel from the face of the Earth (he also claims in a speech that Iran has no homosexuals…delusional). Tensions mounted when Iran launched its ‘home made’ (the technology must be bought from Russia or China) satelite which some military sources claimed to be a hidden missile test.

Similar to Iran, North Korea also plans to send a communications satelite into orbit as part of a space programme. The United States believe that the satelite launch is also a test-fire of a long range balistic missile (like Iran). This of course is in violation of the UN Security Council’s resolution in 2006 that prohibits Pyongyang from balistic activity.

Furthermore, North Korea is reported to have built an underground fueling facility near the launch pad which makes it harder for spy satelite to detect signs of the missile when it is being prepared for launch.

As the two countries race to outdo one another, this brings back memories of the time before World War II when more and more countries begin to defy the league of nations (the old United Nations). Let us pray that history will not repeat itself.

BBC Facts

  • Full name: Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Population: 72.2 million (UN, 2008)
  • Capital: Tehran
  • Area: 1.65 million sq km (636,313 sq miles)
  • Major language: Persian
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Life expectancy: 69 years (men), 73 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 10 Iranian rials = 1 toman
  • Main exports: Petroleum, carpets, agricultural products
  • GNI per capita: US $3,470 (World Bank, 2007)

Further Reading

The Fifth Meditation, Armata – The Limitations of Military Might

Has the Cold War Reemerged From the Ashes of the Soviet Union?

How Bargaining Theory has Prevented a Nuclear War?!

Why World Peace is an Illusion and a Dangerous One?

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Comments
One Response to “A Tale of Two Nuclear Reactors”
  1. peppyvaishu says:

    hi..well ur article seems to be quite relevant..but i fail to recognise ur personal stand on this issue..but so far as the subject is concerned i truely agree that a nuclear threat , mind you more diabolic than that existed in the pre-cold war era is gaining momentum.the issue that history shudn’t repeat itself is now totally in the hands of USA now…because it has long exploitd the world for its interests and has stemmed most of the burning tensions of the world today…

    moreover it tries to maintain its ideological camouflage of upholding democratic ideals…which obviously is false..america will never give up its interest for nay body neither has it gotten over with its “fear of socialism..which was endemic to its capitalist existence”..although it managed 2 placate the roots of ussr..d insecurity still looms over..so it’ll never compromise on its resource bases nor will it allow any other nation to actually again rise up & pose a threat to its existence….

    but i view this nuclear self independence programe as a direct dissent to american hegemony…which shud b done..i dn’t deny that disarmament is necessary but its again a discriminatory policy in favour of the BIG player of the world…so inorder to defend urself its justified that countries do equip themselves but the role of UNO as an controlling agency is of prime importance..unles sit takes a firm stand to act as a arbitrator…a peaceful ground 4 existence as well as development in these so-called “spheres of influence” ..overall i think urs is a beautiful article..

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