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Iraq / Nuclear Weapons / Triggers and Capability #331926

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 28, 1990
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Reports introduced.

(London: Tom Fenton) United States and British officials reported arresting Iraqi men attempting to smuggle nuclear weapons components to Baghdad, Iraq; details given of "Operation Argus"; scenes shown of seized electronic switches used to trigger nuclear warheads. [EG&G president Donald KERR - explains how his company provided phony switches, or krytrons, to be used by Customs officials.] Iraqi nuclear capability noted greatest threat to peace in the Third World. [Defense analyst Andrew SLADE - comments.] Iraq's recent armament history reviewed; relations with Israel, USSR and Iran mentioned. President Saddam Hussein recalled authorizing use of chemical weapons against Kurds; scenes shown.

(Pentagon: David Martin) Use of switches in manufacture of nuclear weapons examined. [Wisconsin Nuclear Weapons Project Gary MILHOLIN - says krytrons are precious to those building nuclear weapons; says West Germany and China are providing Iraq with technology with which to enrich uranium.] [Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Leonard SPECTOR - comments on other countries attempting to obtain krytrons; discusses Iraq's weapons capabilities.]

Fenton, Tom;
Martin, David;
Rather, Dan

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