ASEAN Defense: Burma’s March towards Nuclear Power: How Far from Reality?

 

Potential nuclear disaster from Burma

Blog Note: When a relatively backward technologically country like Burma can have nuclear ambition, and have in fact, started a nuclear weapons program, it indicates the danger of nuclear weapons proliferation. The example of Burma should be noted in Thailand. While nuclear power plants does not automatically means nuclear weapons, the link is obviously there-especially if a state is close to being a rogue state like Burma. Thailand also indicates a great deal of characteristic of a “Rogue State” but is hidden by its mordernity and being a US ally. However, as the lost of the nuclear codes in the US says-human errors do occur and letting Thailand have nuclear power plants is certainly will be one human error of the global nuclear community.

  • The following is from the Correspondent Club of Thailand:

Burma‘s March towards Nuclear Power: How Far from Reality?

A unique occasion to listen to American nuclear scientist Robert E. Kelly, who confirmed this story

8 p.m., Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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In June this year, the nuclear ambitions of Burma’s military regime dominated the headlines following an exclusive report broadcast by the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), the Oslo-based news organisation run by Burmese journalists in exile. The five-year long investigation by the broadcaster appeared to confirm media reports that had, till then, speculated about the junta?s nuclear plans.

Central to the DVB’s investigation was the views shared by Robert E. Kelly, an American nuclear scientists and former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Kelly, who worked for more than 30 years in the U.S. Nuclear Complex and has been on IAEA missions to South Africa and Libya, penned a report for the DVB’s investigation, revealing that Burma was probably mining uranium and exploring nuclear technology that is ‘useful only for weapons’.

The FCCT has the pleasure of welcoming Kelly to share his views during his first public speech on the subject in Southeast Asia. It will be part of a panel discussion that will examine Burma’s nuclear blueprint, what has motivated the junta to do so and what the implications would be for ASEAN, which wants the region to remain a nuclear-free zone.

The other speakers on the panel are:

Dr. Maung Zarni, a Burmese activists and scholar attached to the London School of Economics who is a leading expert on Burmese military affairs.

Kavi Chongkittavorn, veteran Thai columnist on regional affairs for The Nation who has commented on the implications of Burma’s nuclear moves for ASEAN.

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