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Alert: Nuclear Test In Nevada This Week, Code Name "POLLUX", Condemned By Iran, Japan

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Iran has strongly condemned the US for carrying out a nuclear test in Nevada this week, saying the move threatens world peace and shows a hypocritical set of double standards set by Washington when it comes to nuclear research.

­The Iranian Foreign Ministry said the Wednesday detonation proves that US foreign policy relies heavily on the use of nuclear weapons, disregarding UN calls for global disarmament, PressTV reports.

The experiment also drew criticism from Japan, with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui wondering why the Obama administration carried out the test, despite saying he would “seek a nuclear-free world.”

The United States subcritical nuclear test conducted in Nevada reflects a contradictory policy on the issue of nuclear disarmament and proliferation, an expert tells Press TV.

The test, known as Pollux, was conducted in the US state of Nevada on Wednesday to ensure that Washington “can support a safe, secure and effective stockpile” of nuclear weapons.

The test proves that the US “could use nuclear weapons anytime,” said Hirotami Yamada, who heads the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivors Council.

On Friday it was announced that the Nevada National Security Site had successfully detonated plutonium in a deep shaft Wednesday to test the safety and effectiveness of US nuclear weapons, National Nuclear Security Administration officials said.

The Pollux subcritical experiment was carried out by scientists at the Los Alamos, New Mexico national laboratory and the Sandia National Laboratories and involved a tiny sample of plutonium bomb material.

Subcritical nuclear experiments have been conducted in the US since 1997 in order to help scientists understand how plutonium ages in the stockpile.

They use chemical explosives to blow up bits of nuclear materials designed to stop just short of erupting into a nuclear chain reaction, also known as a criticality.

The latest test used new diagnostic equipment that enabled researchers to collect more data then ever before.

“This is a significant diagnostics advancement,” Darwin Morgan, spokesman for the Nevada National Nuclear Security Site, was quoted as saying by the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Officials claimed that the test was carried out to provide for the secure storage of nuclear warheads.

International inspectors were not allowed to witness the experiment, as Washington has prevented access to its test site since the late 1990s.

Wednesday’s test is twenty-seventh American “subcritical experiment” since full-scale nuclear weapons tests were halted in 1992.

Date Name Yield (kT) Country Significance
1945-07-16 Trinity 18-20 USA First fission device test, first plutonium implosion detonation
1945-08-06 Little Boy 12–18 USA Bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, first detonation of an enriched uranium gun-type device, first use of a nuclear device in military combat.
1945-08-09 Fat Man 18–23 USA Bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, second and last use of a nuclear device in military combat.
1949-08-29 RDS-1 22 USSR First fission weapon test by the USSR
1952-10-03 Hurricane 25 UK First fission weapon test by the UK
1952-11-01 Ivy Mike 10,400 USA First cryogenic fusion fuel “staged” thermonuclear weapon, primarily a test device and not weaponized
1953-08-12 Joe 4 400 USSR First fusion weapon test by the USSR (not “staged”)
1954-03-01 Castle Bravo 15,000 USA First dry fusion fuel “staged” thermonuclear weapon; a serious nuclear fallout accident occurred
1955-11-22 RDS-37 1,600 USSR First “staged” thermonuclear weapon test by the USSR (deployable)
1957-11-08 Grapple X 1,800 UK First (successful) “staged” thermonuclear weapon test by the UK
1960-02-13 Gerboise Bleue 70 France First fission weapon test by France
1961-10-31 Tsar Bomba 50,000 USSR Largest thermonuclear weapon ever tested—scaled down from its initial 100 Mt design by 50%
1964-10-16 596 22 PR China First fission weapon test by the People’s Republic of China
1967-06-17 Test No. 6 3,300 PR China First “staged” thermonuclear weapon test by the People’s Republic of China
1968-08-24 Canopus 2,600 France First “staged” thermonuclear test by France
1974-05-18 Smiling Buddha 12 India First fission nuclear explosive test by India
1998-05-11 Pokhran-II 60[19] India First potential fusion/boosted weapon test by India; first deployable fission weapon test by India
1998-05-28 Chagai-I 40[20] Pakistan First fission weapon (boosted) test by Pakistan
1998-05-30 Chagai-II 20[20] Pakistan Second fission weapon (boosted) test by Pakistan
2006-10-09 2006 North Korean nuclear test ~1 North Korea First fission plutonium-based device tested by North Korea; likely resulted as a fizzle
2009-05-25 2009 North Korean nuclear test 5–15 North Korea First successful fission device tested by North Korea

Comander and Chief Obama owns this one. First Nuclear teating in America since 1992. Of course the government Mainstream Media will minumize these actions.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Kaveh Afrasiabi, an author and political scientist from Boston, to further discuss the issue. Afrasiabi is joined by James H. Fetzer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, from Madison, and Kenneth Katzman, an advisor to US Congress from Washington.  HERE:

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    Total 24 comments
    • Wit's End

      Josey Wales, have you got a link for the source of the two graphs in this story? Thanks.

    • anarchialdesire

      Moon Crickets will be landing soon

    • BeautifulCloudWoman

      Good work !

    • mfritz0

      This was not a full scale nuclear detonation! How would it be if Iran came out with a nuclear bomb and we sent something in response to their Long range Korean missile that just decimated San Francisco and it went pffft? They must maintain the capability people, sad but true. I’m glad we pissed Iran off! Hopefully they now will think twice, now that they know, WE MEAN BUSINESS!

    • somethgblue

      Perhaps we need to make a law that all government officials in favor of ongoing nuclear testing must reside in the state the testing is done in, if only to confirm to the rest of us that the water is safe to drink and that living conditions will not be affected.

      Great article!

      • Josey Wales

        somethgblue, I think the people who hire them should be informed of their actions before setting off nuclear bombs. Or borrowing more money for that matter. Now there are gearing up for Syria. Don’t think the first nuclear test in the US since 1992 isn’t Obama’s way of sending a message that he is not scared to “PUSH THE BUTTON”. Prepare is all I can say. There’s another report out today that Iran has militants across the border in Mexico and throughout Large cities in the US, ready to fight on our soil. I hope to be posting that soon.

        • somethgblue

          Dying is a hell of a way to make a living, boy! What a great movie, I for one don’t see WWIII as being nuclear but I’ve been wrong before. I’m a Polar Shift nutard so I see the coming apocalypse chaos as being more of a rearranging of the Earth’s crust.

          I suspect that the nuclear holocaust scenario has already been tried several times on those that over see this planet will not let that happen, the Earth is too valuable of a resource with or without humans.

      • Live Free or Die

        Hey Somethgblue! I don’t know why anyone would mark your comment as spam; it must have been one of the politicians and govt officials that you are speaking of.

        I agree with you completely but will take it one step further: all government officials in favor of this testing should be required to live within a 500′ radius of where this nuclear testing is done… that way we could, to use the proverbial saying, “Kill two birds with one stone”… :wink:

        Isn’t this the most hypocritical bunch of lunatics we have as our so-called ‘leaders’? What a bunch of morons.

        • somethgblue

          No there is a member of Before Its News that dislikes me because I busted him for stealing my story from another site. Now he goes where ever I go to get his revenge and act like hurt cry-baby!

    • Stevicus

      For starters British & American testing should not be seen as separate since they share results & coordinate testing, and it would not surprise me if Isreals testing were incorporated into the American & British testing program; likewise China & North Korea should be viewed in the same way.

    • jsmithute

      Josey, Anyone that has any college credit knows that Wikipedia is not an accepted resource. I see that you were proud to have a resource, do you have a reliable source of your presentation? Jim

    • Kozmoz

      So IRAN wants to take advantage of our treaty just so they could continue building WMA’s? LOL, They expect us to just sit back like sheep to the slaughter when they have their own agenda? I don’t think so. America is aware and has a few ‘aces’ up their sleeve and is ALWAYS on top of it. Pearl Harbor for example, . . . the Japanes THOUGHT they had us, but we pulled the card and taught them otherwise.

      • Anonymous

        The barvado talk is really stupid when it comes to Nuclear weapons . Iran wants nukes for good reason actually . Its so Isreal and the rest of teh world will leave them alone.
        Everyone loses in an Nuclear exchange nearly all thinking people Know that.
        So talking Tuff guy aces up sleave is really Childish at best

    • Armageddon

      So the wiki charts and information has absolutely no reference to Israels testing, is this due to the fact that it is basically US weapons sitting in Dimona, or that the Israeli’s have tested their devices away from prying eyes and satellites? etc…which I find hard to believe. Or is it because that Israel and others cleanse anything negative on Israel from sites such as wiki?

    • Prophet of Jealousy

      The God of our fathers is angry with you as you have broken the Covenant made by our forefathers with him now this is the beginning of your woes! Everywhere I look I see an Idol within the Religious establishments for starters and as everyone ha gone astray i

      • Anonymous

        True but too many people don’t take the Bible seriously fools they are.

    • Prophet of Jealousy

      Also shortly the time is come where you will eat your bread in measure and much more terrible events to also come and everyone will hiss and wag their tongue!!

    • Jennifer K

      These people that authorise such stupid action should be consigned to a day nursery-they are not adults!! Exploding atom bombs is a major contributor to adverse weather conditions,tsunamis and earthquakes-I`m not a professor, but even common sense tells me this is so!! IDIOTS-WASTERS of valuable monetary resources that could go to combat disease and suffering and obliterate poverty from this world!

    • Wulfrano Ruiz Sainz

      No wonder I feel more and more radioactive every day.

    • JimO

      “The test proves that the US “could use nuclear weapons anytime,” said Hirotami Yamada, who heads the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivors Council.”

      Damn straight. Keep that in mind next time you consider pulling another Pearl Harbor.

      • Joerg Klaemt

        You are totally missing the Point Idiot. Japan has no Quarrels with the U.S.A.!!!!!!!!!
        The Aggressor is and always be the U.S.A. under the Direction of the Zionists and of Course Israel the 666 Nation

    • BeePeeOilDisaster

      Allot of these are NOT “tests” but in fact they are using nukes to blow something up inside the earth, I am onto some new investigations and they have used nukes to blow up some type of creatures that are inside our earth… BP may have drilled into some of them in the Gulf of Mexico…

    • Anonymous

      This could be due to North Korea’s activities lately.

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