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Rogue Nation to Surrender Nuclear Materials to US

March 24th, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Not so much a rogue nation — it’s Japan:

Japan will announce Monday that it will turn over to Washington more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a large quantity of highly enriched uranium, a decades-old research stockpile that is large enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons, according to American and Japanese officials.

The announcement is the biggest single success in President Obama’s five-year-long push to secure the world’s most dangerous materials, and will come as world leaders gather here on Monday for a nuclear security summit meeting.

We got busy twisting Tokyo’s arm for a feel-good moment in the headlines — while China increased defense spending about 12% this year. Iran’s nuclear program goes on unabated — while that regime’s sponsor in Moscow feels friskier than ever.

At least we still have enough money left to go to Hell in a very nicely-appointed hand basket. Rich, Corinthian leather and everything.

UPDATE: It’s cool. We’ve got Belgium covered, too. No chance of them annexing Crimea.

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So we managed to confiscate nuclear material from one of the most geographically secure, stable, honorable countries who is the least likely to launch a nuclear attack on anyone. And who outsources their military defense to us and has no capability to threaten the US.

Way to go.
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Goody goody, more radioactive waste.
18 weeks ago
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If I was Japan methinks I'd rethink that for a bit given that there's a whole lot of folk just west of them that are still pretty PO'd about the 30's.

700 lbs, eh, that'd fit pretty comfortably in a shoebox.
18 weeks ago
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I'd have to think about storing in China, as Fallout...
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...700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a large quantity of highly enriched uranium...

And some sparkling Fukushima spring water to wash it down. Does Harry know it's going to Yucca Mountain?
18 weeks ago
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Well there will be some discussions about just where to put it for 'Permanent Storage'.
So might I suggest placing it in Harry Reids office until the final determination is made.
18 weeks ago
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No way in hell enriched material will go to Yucca. It'll be used as reactor fuel.
18 weeks ago
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I hope it is used as reactor fuel. Don't know what we'd otherwise do with it.
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"We got busy twisting Tokyo’s arm for a feel-good moment in the headlines — while China increased defense spending about 12% this year."

As if one thing had anything to do with the other. Just an opportunity to take a cheap shot. And btw, why don't you tell readers how the US dwarfs China in defense spending?
18 weeks ago
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Right, because Japan's defense posture clearly doesn't have anything at all to do with China.
18 weeks ago
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And there's North Korea, too. Am reminded of this (wish I could remember the source): Someone asked an expert how long, if seriously threatened by N. Korea, would it take Japan to design, build, and deploy "the bomb." The expert thought it over for a moment and said (whimsically?), "About an hour."
18 weeks ago
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I just can't see the Japanese being stupid enough to outsource their defense to Obama's US. I'll bet it's just unusable waste from Fukishima packaged to look and act like what O'bummer is expecting.

Oh well. Japan is old enough to look after itself. They don't need me second guessing their foreign policy.
18 weeks ago
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Because I already gave the long version in this morning's column.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/happy-days-arent-here/
18 weeks ago
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I wonder if the Japanese will turn over their nuke materials just as quickly as the Assads in Syria are handing over their nerve gas? Since you don't just drop 700 lbs of plutonium off at FedEx, I suspect it may take well over three years to get the stuff boxed up and delivered, wink wink.
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Caution ! Plutonium could be bugged.
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