IR-6 - Lecture 6: Nuclear Weapons Nuclear weapons represent...

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Lecture 6: Nuclear Weapons Nuclear weapons represent one category of WMD (others include chemical and biological weapons). Character of nuclear weapons (blast, thermal effect, radioactive effect). Difference between fission and fusion weapons. Initially two nuclear-weapons states (US and USSR), now nine. Leveling effect of nuclear weapons. Acquiring nuclear weapons assumes two conditions: -Motivation: security or prestige -Capacity: expertise, nuclear fuel (enriched uranium or plutonium). Acquiring nuclear fuel: 1.Plutonium: Via a reactor designed to generate energy. slightly enriched uranium nuclear fuel rods electricity spent rods chemical reprocessing plutonium bomb 2. Uranium: “yellowcake” uranium uranium enrichment facility enriched uranium bomb Two potential nuclear states: Iran, North Korea Iran -Almost twenty yr old program, achieved uranium enrichment, short range delivery capability -Reasons for wanting:
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IR-6 - Lecture 6: Nuclear Weapons Nuclear weapons represent...

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