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PostPosted: Feb 02, 2018 1:39 pm 
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Jim L. wrote:
Since the plutonium is reactor grade, it has too much Pu240 and Pu242 to be used as a fission device. So, I would say Japan cannot make a bomb from those stockpiles. Of course, the reactor-grade plutonium could be used as a dirty bomb, but so could lead, mercury, other heavy metals and/or actinides.

Jim L.

It is highly likely that reactor grade plutonium can be used to make a viable device using modern techniques not available at the time of development of nuclear weapons.
I don't really want to say more given Kirks well known views on such discussions - but advances in technology have largely eroded the distinction between the two.


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