Here is the familiar cribbing of the Economist about India’s Nuke program and the deal with US. Economist, in all the years that I have read it, seems to still harbor a kind of “Raj mentality”. Those were the times when the British Government acted like smart asses motivating some enemies or looking the other way while they would beef up while lecturing Indian leaders on the morals of the world!
Look at this BS:
Nor has India taken on any meaningful new non-proliferation obligations to lighten the blow to the treaty.
Excuse me!!??? To whom has India “proliferated” the Nukes??? While the Pakistan’s FATHER of Nuke Program STOLE the Nuke designs from Holland and sneaked out from right under the noses of the NATO area!! And all these years nobody gave a rat’s arse to what that idiot was upto!! Despite ample evidence from the Indian Intelligence!
And then this rag-mag goes on to say:
By lifting restrictions on India’s ability to buy nuclear technology and fuel from abroad, America will be helping it out of a uranium squeeze: its usable stocks of the enriched stuff (lower enriched for power generation, higher for weapons) have been dwindling fast. If the NSG goes along, and makes an exception to its rule that nuclear exports can go only to countries with all their nuclear facilities under safeguards, India will no longer have to eke out its nuclear materials. It will be able to accelerate its bomb-building while using foreign uranium for power generation. Russia has already jumped the gun, recently supplying fuel to two Indian reactors, citing “safety” concerns. That is disingenuous. A reactor running short of fuel can simply be shut down; Russia wanted to get to the front of the queue for future contracts. China, unhappy at America’s India deal, could do the same for Pakistan.
India has agreed to separate its civilian nuclear reactors from its military ones, with IAEA safeguards on the civilian sort. But when the intent is bomb-building (and India has every intention of expanding its arsenal), technologies and skills imported for running “civilian” reactors can just as easily be put to military use. India used just such technologies and materials for its first nuclear explosion in 1974. Its civilian and military programmes are closely intertwined—which is why none of its uranium-enrichment or plutonium-reprocessing plants, or its planned plutonium-producing fast-breeder reactors, is on its civilian list. It is even pushing for minimal safeguards on reactors designated as civilian, with inspections only when foreign fuel is present.
… this is what Pakistani scientists are upto in their little shit-hole:
Pakistan is building a reactor that could produce enough plutonium for 40 to 50 nuclear weapons a year in what would be a major expansion of its nuclear program and an intensified arms race in South Asia, a report said on Monday.
Satellite photos show what appears to be the construction site for a larger nuclear reactor adjacent to Pakistan’s only plutonium production reactor, according to an analysis by nuclear experts at the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security.
The assessment, initially reported by The Washington Post, was posted on the institute’s Web site.
The analysts concluded that the diameter of the structure’s metal shell suggests a very large reactor “operating in excess of 1,000 megawatts thermal,” according to the report.
In any case, as was amply demo-ed by Indian scientists, we really do not need much help from US or UK to come up with our designs for arms in the war! If you needed any more proof – here is one:
For the first time, the Indian Army will become the force in the world to field supersonic cruise missiles. The Indo-Russian 290-km range BrahMos surface-to-surface missile will be put under operation by September 2007.
With an ability to tilt the conventional arms balance between India and Pakistan, if produced in large numbers, missile experts have pronounced a state of advantage to the owners of BrahMos.
With three times more dispersion and impact almost six to eight times more, it assures a better performance when compared to the subsonic US Tomahawk Cruise missiles. And despites claims by Islamabad to have tested its own version of cruise missiles, defense experts say otherwise and agree that both China and Pakistan have access only to subsonic version of the missile.
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