With the decline of the American empire, the global financial crisis and a Middle East that is about to blow up, historian Niall Ferguson announced that the “age of upheaval” has begun. Just in case you thought it couldn’t get any worse, now it has. The “start of the end of the world” begins now.
We have now learned that North Korea has built a new modern uranium enrichment plant with 2,000 centrifuges. This plant didn’t even exist in April 2009. How is this even possible given that North Korea can’t even afford to feed its people? There is one likely answer – North Korea had help from another country. That country is most likely Iran. Iran has started spreading its nuclear technology to other countries. North Korea may be the first country, but there are likely to be more. I would look to Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Turkey and Burma as possible targets for nuclear technology proliferation from Iran and now North Korea.
The nuclear genie is out of the bottle, and there is no stopping it. Wars between countries will turn into nuclear wars between countries. As the Bible says, “there will be wars and rumors of wars,” except what the Bible really meant to say was, “there will be nuclear wars and rumors of nuclear wars.”
Although North Korea has been producing nuclear material, since the 1950s, it relied on using plutonium from spent fuel, until recently. But the up-to-date technology and the speedy construction of the uranium enrichment plant raises questions of foreign assistance, considering North Korea can’t even afford to feed its people.
“The scientist, Siegfried S. Hecker, a Stanford professor who previously directed the Los Alamos National Laboratory, said in an interview that he had been “stunned” by the sophistication of the new plant, where he saw “hundreds and hundreds” of centrifuges that had just been installed in a recently gutted building that had housed an aging fuel fabrication center, and that were operated from what he called “an ultra-modern control room.” The North Koreans claimed 2,000 centrifuges were already installed and running, he said.”
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The second striking element of the discovery is the speed at which the 2,000-centrifuge enrichment plant was built. It was not there just a year ago. That is highly unusual because getting precise high-speed centrifuges to work consistently and lining them up in “cascades” of 300 machines would normally take years.
“There is an anomaly in how rapidly this has been built,” said David Albright, the head of the institute, which yesterday published satellite pictures of the site. “That raises the question of whether this plant was originally put together somewhere else and was moved to Yongbyon, or whether there is a parallel plant elsewhere.”