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    On "Nuclear Iran" Allegations: Nanodiamonds Ain't Nuclear Bombs -Update-

    On “Nuclear Iran” Allegations: Nanodiamonds Ain’t Nuclear Bombs

    (This is the story from November 07, 2011, big lie – no surprise there is it)

    (Updated below)

    The Washington Posts alleges that the IAEA says foreign expertise has brought Iran to threshold of nuclear capability. This is of course, well, a lie. The IAEA has said nothing like that. It is simply an assertion made by the reporter and some “nuclear Iran” scare propagandists based on misinterpreting some factual points in the IAEA “evidence”. What that “evidence” says is: Iran is working on nanodiamond production.

    (And what would “to threshold of nuclear capability” actually mean? That Iran would be capable, like Japan, Brazil, the Netherlands or some 40 other countries, to build a nuclear bomb if it would choose to do so? What would be new, wrong or dangerous with that?)

    The WaPo piece goes into some details, provided mostly by chief nuclear scare monger David Albright, about allegedly “new” stuff some secret services handed to the IAEA. To see how misleading these allegations are lets look at just one detail.

    The report describes an Ukrainian expert for creating nanodiamands as “weapon scientist” and “nuclear scientist” even when all his published work is about the synthesizing of very small diamonds, not about nukes. Writes WaPo:

    Documents and other records provide new details on the role played by a former Soviet weapons scientist who allegedly tutored Iranians over several years on building high-precision detonators of the kind used to trigger a nuclear chain reaction, the officials and experts said.

    According to the intelligence provided to the IAEA, key assistance in both areas was provided by Vyacheslav Danilenko, a former Soviet nuclear scientist who was contracted in the mid-1990s by Iran’s Physics Research Center, a facility linked to the country’s nuclear program. Documents provided to the U.N. officials showed that Danilenko offered assistance to the Iranians over at least five years, giving lectures and sharing research papers on developing and testing an explosives package that the Iranians apparently incorporated into their warhead design, according to two officials with access to the IAEA’s confidential files.

    link: IAEA says foreign expertise has brought Iran to threshold of nuclear capability.

    link: .. nuclear scare monger David Albright ..  http://www.nci.org/a/60min2-Iraq.htm

    This is a detonation tank to create nanodiamonds, not a nuclear device.

    (and here is the update)

    UPDATE Nov 8, 0:20 am EST

    The Guardian is just now the first mainstream media to mention the nanodiamond part of the story:

    Vyacheslav Danilenko, a Russian former atomic scientist, was alleged in the Washington Post to have provided advice on explosives to Iranian scientists which was incorporated into Tehran’s design for a nuclear warhead.

    Sources close to the IAEA confirmed he was the “foreign expert” referred to in its past reports on Iranian weaponisation.

    It said he had given lectures over a number of years to Iranian specialists on how to rig simultaneous explosions: mastering such explosive force is critical in building an implosion-type nuclear device, in which high explosives compress highly enriched uranium or plutonium until it reaches critical mass, triggering a chain reaction. However, in interviews with the IAEA, Danilenko is said to have insisted that he had been under the impression his advice would be used for purely civilian applications of explosive technology, sources close to the agency said.

    Although he did not specify what those applications were, he now works for a company called Nanogroup, based in the Czech Republic, which specialises in the use of explosives to make tiny diamonds for industrial purposes. On its website the company describes itself as “the first industrial manufacturer of nanodiamonds in the world market”. (the Guardian put this last paragraph at the bottom of the article, don’t want to upset the establishment do we)

    link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/07/iran-working-on-advanced-nuclear-warhead
    UPDATE 2 – Nov 9

    The above was written before the IAEA report was published. Having read the now published report I find that The IAEA Confirms my Nanodiamond Analysis.

    The IAEA Confirms My Nanodiamond Analysis
    November 09
    Before the recent IAEA report was published I suggested that the work in Iran of the Ukrainian scientist Dr. Vyacheslav Danilenko, who the Washington Post described as “a former Soviet weapons scientist” and “a former Soviet nuclear scientist”, was aimed at helping Iran’s nano-technology projects as his main expertise is the production nanodiamonds through detonations.

    In the annex to its recent report (pdf) the IAEA actually confirms that his cooperation with Iran was relevant to non-nuclear(!) experiments Iran undertook. It does not say what non-nuclear work this was but the surrounding circumstances make it clear that this was related to nanodiamond production. From the annex of the report (emphasis added):

    (here is an excerpt from the IAEA PDF report, item is #44 on page 19)

    44. The Agency has strong indications that the development by Iran of the high explosives initiation system, and its development of the high speed diagnostic configuration used to monitor related experiments, were assisted by the work of a foreign expert who was not only knowledgeable in these technologies, but who, a Member State has informed the Agency, worked for much of his career with this technology in the nuclear weapon programme of the country of his origin. The Agency has reviewed publications by this foreign expert and has met with him. The Agency has been able to verify through three separate routes, including the expert himself, that this person was in Iran from about 1996 to about 2002, ostensibly to assist Iran in the development of a facility and techniques for making ultra-dispersed diamonds (“UDDs” or “nanodiamonds”), where he also lectured on explosion physics and its applications.

    link to the report:http://isis-online.org/uploads/isis-reports/documents/IAEA_Iran_8Nov2011.pdf


    (So the whole thing was just another “propaganda, scare tactic ploy – has been since 2011)

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