Saturday, November 13, 2010
US OKs Nuclear Proliferation?
DID YOU SEE THIS ARTICLE IN THE DEM-GAZ? “India and Pakistan Insist on Keeping Nuclear Programs” (September 5, 2005). London, England. “India told a visiting U.S. lawmaker that the Hindu nation was building reactors that could produce material for atomic bombs.” In Islamabad, meanwhile, a Pakistani Foreign Ministry official said “the country will continue uranium reprocessing despite Europe’s threat to refer it to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.” However, the United States declared Indian and Pakistani nuclear weapon developments to be intended for peace and security in S. E. Asia. International attention has been focused on the Indian and Pakistani Uranium Conversion Facilities, where uranium concentrate ore—known as yellowcake--is converted into hexafluoride gas, the feedstock for enrichment. But the U. S. dismissed any threat to the world in these developments, since they did not violate the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. (I’ll bet you remembered the original headline: “N. Korea, Iran Insist on Keeping Nuclear Programs.”)