Nuclear Confusion
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Nuclear Confusion

By SIMON ROUGHNEEN Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Or Pakistan, which has been selling nuclear secrets to anyone who will buy, decides to help. There is the chance that there is more to this than meets the eye, as what I can analyze is based only on the information and documentation that I have seen. There may be other work taking place elsewhere in the country that we do not know about, and that the source Sai Win does not know about—other parts of the government structure.

Q: What does it mean for the international non-proliferation system if this is not addressed or dealt with?

A: Do we intend to enforce the non proliferation treaty—ever? Or do we just sit and say someone else has got the best of us, and maybe we will stop them next time? For me, the next time is this time. The IAEA has already been pushed out of the game for now, and therefore I think, it is Asean's problem. This is the time to show that you have the will to solve a problem that you have discovered, and nip a problem in the bud.

Q: Since the report came out, is anything actually happening to investigate whether Burma is undertaking a nuclear weapons program?

A: One of the problems here is that the organizations involved in this work do not typically say what they are doing. Burma has told the IAEA three times that there is nothing to investigate. To the best of my knowledge, there has not been a lot of follow-up—from the entities or agencies that one would expect to be involved—on the material or with the sources that exposed what may be going on in Burma with regard to a nuclear weapons program.

Related article: “Burma's Nuclear Adventure—The Real Threat” [October 27, 2010];

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Soe Thane Wrote:
What Mr Kelly doesn't understand is that in Burma, under this regime, there is often less, much less, than meets the eye.

There is a "Cyber City" which has zero chance of producing a computer industry. There are hospitals that can save no patients. There are 'universities' that educate no students. There are lists of new highways when there are only dirt roads. All this is done for show, or to please the boss, or to please Number One.

It's the same with the nuclear program. Maybe there is one. Maybe someone is trying to please his boss. Maybe impressive looking machines were imported. But behind the show, even the secret show, you won't find much substance.

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