Satellite images of Myanmar's alleged nuclear weapon program published

Updated On: Jul 27, 2010

Jane's Intelligence Review, a monthly journal on military intelligence, published satellite images of what have been identified as nuclear sites near Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw. It reported that “information has replaced rumor with hard data,” referring to the nuclear weapon allegation that Myanmar faces, and concluded that Myanmar's nuclear program is “overly ambitious with limited expertise.” Jane’s Intelligence analyst Allison Puccioni commented in the report that Myanmar “will not make a bomb with the technology they currently possess or the intellectual capability,” but “the factors do make it possible to have a route to one.”

This report confirms earlier allegations by a Myanmar defector Major Sai Thein Win, who posted photographs and detailed descriptions of the sites on the US-funded opposition news website, the Democratic Voice of Burma. Major Sai claimed to have supervised factories and other installations suspected to be part of the nuclear weapon plan.

At the Southeast Asian regional security forum in Hanoi, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton expressed her concern Myanmar’s nuclear plan, and warned the Myanmar government against any cooperation on the project with North Korea.

Myanmar's nuke site found?  [Today Online, 23 July 2010]
Myanmar Could Be Building Nuclear Installations: Report [AHN, 23 July 2010]

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