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Iranians working on missile launch capabilities
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WASHINGTON – Highly informed sources tell G2Bulletin that the U.S. State Department and the International Atomic Energy Agency have been warned about a covert Iranian effort to buy materials for what was described as new long-range nuclear weapons delivery vehicles, or missiles, a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin confirms.
The source said that Iranian missile makers would not be seeking this highly specialized material “unless they had sufficient PU-239 to assemble as many delivery systems as they had completed, or nearly completed warheads.”
PU-239 is the primary fissile isotope needed to produce nuclear weapons. It also can be used as fuel in nuclear reactors. The effects of PU-239 hang around for a while. Its half-life – or the time needed for half of its atoms to decay into something else – is said to be 24,200 years, compared with the more common isotope of uranium found in nature, Uranium 238, which has a half-life of 4.5 billion years.
With world attention focused on centrifuges which make uranium more pure until it reaches weapons grade, sources said little attention has been paid to Iran’s illegal acquisition efforts for precursors to make re-entry vehicles and the carbon fiber re-entry shrouds and nose cones for missiles.
According to the source, the Iranians have been putting out bids to companies that specialize in these types of materials. They inquire directly from companies in Tehran and make identical inquiries through Iranian front companies in the United Arab Emirates, where Iranian firms have a major presence.
According to separate information, there are more than 100,000 Iranians living in the UAE running some 10,000 small businesses. Relations between the two countries are historic and they have close economic ties.
For long-range missiles, sources said the Iranians are seeking deuterium oxide foam and tritium in large quantities as well as “aviation grade re-entry vehicle grade carbon fiber products” and an aviation grade honeycomb aluminum.
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