Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Israel: The not so secret nuclear power


from Wikepedia


Well before the Vela Incident, American intelligence agencies had made the assessment that Israel probably possessed its own nuclear weapons.[16] In the 2008 book The Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and its Proliferation Thomas C. Reed and Danny B. Stillman stated their opinion that the "double flash" was the result of a joint South African-Israeli nuclear bomb test.[17] David Albright stated in his article about the "double flash" event in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that "If the 1979 flash was caused by a test, most experts agree it was probably an Israeli test".[18]

Countries with Nuclear Weapons Capability

* Acknowledged: Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, Russia, United States, North Korea

* Unacknowledged: Israel

* Seeking: Iran

* Abandoned: South Africa—Constructed but then voluntarily dismantled six uranium bombs. Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine—When Soviet Union broke up, these former states possessed nuclear warheads that they have since given up.

Thursday, March 4, 2010