Japan has 47 tons of plutonium, enough for 6000 atom bombs

Japan has 47 tons of plutonium, enough for 6000 atom bombs

Repair preparation system Rokkasho. Image: NIFE / CC BY-SA-3.0

Yesterday, the agreement between the US and Japan was required, which allows the land to generate plutonium

Yesterday, the US and Japan denounced their 1988 closed nuclear agreement. The Agreement allows Japan to gain plutonium and to bring to peaceful purposes, using the same technique as used in the production of atomic bombs. The agreement that expired this year was decided shortly after the accession of North Korea to nuclear weapons barrier in 1985. During North Korea after the Geneva Framework Agreement between the US and North Korea 1994, the reactors that can produce plutonium, so the adjacent Japan in a rough style rose into plutonium production.

The deflection is based on both sides the option to export the agreement within six months after an envision. For this purpose, Japan is invited to reduce the plutonium advisory rates. The Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono explained the agreement is the basis of the Japanese nuclear industry, therefore one must take concrete steps to enter "reduce the rough amount of plutonium" and thus to meet the existing concerns especially in the neighboring countries Sudkorea and China. How that should go, he did not say. And if North Korea should demuclearize, so not only the nuclear weapons, it is politically not opportune to make Japan the possibility to get nuclear weapons quickly. Other countries such as Saudi Arabia or Iran can exist with reference to Japan or Iran.

Japan, the only non-nuclear state that can produce plutonium thanks to the USA has in fact a huge amount of plutonium, namely 47 tonnes. That has been enough to secure 6000 atom bombs from the rough of the Hiroshima bomb. Russia and the USA each under 6000 missionary explosive heads. From the Plutonium Politics of Japan, France and Great Britain also benefit, there is a coarse part stored, there are also the most used focal steel recycling. It is above all the 10 tons plutonium stored in Japan, which also worried about Fukushima, because they could be dangered by earthquakes or tsunamis.

The problem is not only the tremendous amount of plutonium, but also, Wofur Japan has accumulated it. Was planned to operate reactors with plutonium-containing mixed oxide fuel elements (MOX), but the Fukushima displeased 2011 has made a stroke through the bill so far. Only a few AKW are still on the net, planned 16-18 AKW, and the fast bruters MONJU tailored by breakdown, with which the technology is tested and the 2050 should be operated commercially, was switched off to the whole.

Japan prepares focal bar again to gain plutonium and uranium for Mox focal steel. The mountain continues to grow because hardly mox for whose operation can be used because of the further switched off AKW. On the land of the Rokkasho rebuilding plant was started in 2010 with the construction of a plant for the production of MOX elements, but the completion was shifted as well as the reprocessing system itself, which should go into operation due to increased safety cases 2021 and produced 9 tonnes of plutonium. With the construction of the reprocessing plant was started in 1993 – with the aim of commissioning in 1998. In view of the growing plutonium mountain and the prere from the US, their performance must go into operation, but they are throttled up.

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