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The Secret Transfer of Nuclear Materials


By jimstaro - Posted on 17 November 2010

START needs to be restarted, which was totally scrapped in the previous administration, and vigorously negotiated, with total common sense goals, to rid the planet of these Weapons of Total Mass Destruction!!

U.S., Kazakhstan complete secret transfer of nuclear materials

November 16, 2010 - Working under extraordinary secrecy, the U.S. and Kazakh governments in the past year have moved nuclear material that could have been used to make more than 770 bombs from a location feared vulnerable to terrorist attack to a new high-security facility.

In the largest such operation ever mounted, U.S. and Kazakh officials transferred 11 tons of highly enriched uranium and 3 tons of plutonium some 1,890 miles by rail and road across the Central Asian country.

The transfer culminated a project spanning three American presidencies that was intended to prevent the material from falling into the wrong hands.

The last of 12 shipments arrived Monday at the new state-of-the-art storage facility in remote northeastern Kazakhstan, near the border with Russia and China. The 13-day journey began at the mothballed BN-350 fast-breeder reactor in the Caspian Sea port of Aktau. McClatchy agreed to withhold the precise location of the storage site for security reasons.

“The most immediate and extreme threat (to international security) is a terrorist acquiring nuclear material,” said Thomas D’Agostino, the head of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration, the overseer of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. “This takes one of those pieces, a big chunk, off the table.” {read rest}

And who will block this once again, the same mentality that scuttled it in the first place to hold onto their want for the enhanced fear, for the masses, and goals for perpetual warfare, as they claim strong national defense while they destroyed same in past decade, be it state to state or criminal terrorism!

Senate prospects of arms pact with Russia in doubt

17 November 2010 - A senior Republican senator Tuesday downplayed prospects for a vote this year on a new nuclear arms reduction accord with Russia, the centerpiece of the Obama administration's effort to "reset" relations with Moscow that has the support of U.S. military commanders and national security experts of both parties.

Jon Kyl of Arizona, the second highest-ranking GOP senator and the leading Republican voice on nuclear weapons issues, said the lame duck Senate had too many other issues before it, leaving insufficient time to consider the New START treaty.

"When (Democratic) Majority Leader Harry Reid asked me if I thought the treaty could be considered in the lame duck session, I replied I did not think so, given the combination of other work Congress must do and the complex and unresolved issues related to START and modernization," Kyl said in a statement. {read rest}

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