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India expands nuclear weapons site: US think tank

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  1. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    WASHINGTON: India has expanded a secretive site that could be used to enrich more uranium for nuclear weapons, a US think tank said Wednesday, citing satellite imagery.

    The Institute for Science and International Security, a private group opposed to nuclear proliferation, said that India appeared to be finishing a second gas centrifuge facility at its Rare Materials Plant near the southern city of Mysore.

    “This new facility could significantly increase India's ability to produce highly enriched uranium for military purposes, including more powerful nuclear weapons,â€￾ the institute said in a report that analysed an image taken in April.

    The institute said that India started building a second centrifuge plant near Mysore in 2010, but it was unclear whether it was a replacement for the first facility at the site or a supplement.

    If it is a new facility, “India could have more than doubled its enrichment capacity, if the original building continues to function as an enrichment plant,â€￾ it said.

    India closely guards its nuclear sites and says little about them publicly.

    In the past, India has complained about footage of sensitive infrastructure taken by commercial satellite services such as Google Earth.

    Indian officials have reportedly said that highly enriched uranium from Mysore would fuel its new nuclear-powered submarines.

    India's nuclear weapons program has traditionally been based on plutonium, not uranium.

    India carried out nuclear tests in 1998, and historic rival Pakistan quickly followed suit.

    India's program is not subject to international restrictions or inspections as it is one of the few nations, along with Israel, North Korea and Pakistan, to reject the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which New Delhi says is discriminatory.

    However, India's international isolation ended through a 2008 cooperation deal with the United States, where both President George W. Bush and his successor Barack Obama have agreed that the world's largest democracy is a responsible nuclear power.


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    INDIAN NATIONALIST Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    great, at least someone in government is making sensible decisions
     
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    thank you for tell us that ... now we know we are moving forward at a gr8 pace ...
     
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    Why dont they have these sites deep underground in mine shafts???:crazy:
     
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    Should be cooling tower issues and also issues with quick evacuation in case of emergencies. Still the enrichment and enriched Uranium are stored deep underground with cooling stations.
     
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    India expanding nuclear weapon facility for military purposes

    A US-based think-tank has claimed that India is expanding its ability to produce highly enriched uranium for military purposes, including more powerful nuclear weapons, citing satellite imagery of an under construction gas centrifuge facility near Mysore.

    In their latest report, David Albright and Serena Kelleher-Vergantini of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said that India appeared to be finishing construction of what appears to be a second gas centrifuge facility at the Rare Materials Plant (RMP) near Mysore in Karnataka.

    The report said that India is also in the early stages of building a larger unsafeguarded centrifuge complex, the Special Material Enrichment Facility (SMEF).

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    Noting that India's enrichment plants are not under international safeguards or committed to peaceful uses, the report said the governments and suppliers of nuclear and nuclear related dual use goods throughout the world should be vigilant to prevent efforts by Indian trading and manufacturing companies to acquire such goods for the new centrifuge complex in Karnataka as well as for the RMP.

    ISIS had earlier lobbied against the India-US civic nuclear deal.

    ISIS said a April 2013 high resolution commercial imagery shows that the previous year witnessed further progress at India's RMP. The building containing the suspected new enrichment facility appears externally to be nearly complete.

    The report said that if it is a new facility, in addition to one that India built in 2010, the country could have more than doubled its enrichment capacity.

    "Whether the plant is near operation cannot be determined from the image. The construction of other buildings appears externally complete as well, and the two storage areas seem to have developed further. Other buildings show signs of continued construction.

    "The construction of two new buildings seems to be complete, while other surrounding construction continues. The construction staging area continues to be present," it said.
     
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    Should go for more such expansions..........also we should not pay heed to these types of reports......
     
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    India would be lot free once we are able to import Uranium under the deal. It will free up the requirement of uranium usage in civilian reactors. And can be used in defense sector.
     
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