The ABCs off A-Bombmaking

Can anyone with the money master the subject?

Suppose a small nation with limited technological skills wants to build an atomic bomb. Could it succeed? Yes, most nuclear experts think the answer is yes, especially if the country already possesses a nuclear reactor and the know-how to run it. One of the unhappy facts of the nuclear age is that the same reactors used in peaceful nuclear research and in the production of electricity can also serve as the starting points for fabricating A-bombs.

Building its own reactor would be extremely difficult for a Third...

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