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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 01:41 PM
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Russian scientists warn of 'Iranian Chernobyl'
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/8262853/Russia-warns-of-Iranian-Chernobyl.html

Stuxnet virus attack: Russia warns of Iranian Chernobyl'

Russian nuclear officials have warned of another Chernobyl-style nuclear disaster at Iran's controversial Bushehr reactor because of the damage caused by the Stuxnet virus, according to the latest Western intelligence reports.

By Con Coughlin 5:23PM GMT 16 Jan 2011

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However, Russian scientists working at the plant have become so concerned by Iran's apparent disregard for nuclear safety issues that they have lobbied the Kremlin directly to postpone activation until at least the end of the year, so that a proper assessment can be made of the damage caused to its computer operations by Stuxnet.

The Iranian government is bitterly opposed to any further delay, which it would regard as another blow to national pride on a project that is more than a decade behind schedule. While Western intelligence officials believe Iran's nuclear programme is aimed at producing nuclear weapons, Iran insists the project's goals are peaceful.

The Russian scientists' report to the Kremlin, a copy of which has been seen by The Daily Telegraph, concludes that, despite "performing simple, basic tests" on the Bushehr reactor, the Russian team "cannot guarantee safe activation of the reactor".

It also accuses the Iranian management team, which is under intense political pressure to stick to the deadline, of "not exhibiting the professional and moral responsibility" that is normally required. They accuse the Iranians of having "disregard for human life" and warn that Russia could find itself blamed for "another Chernobyl" if it allows Bushehr to go ahead.

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This is what happened with Bhopal and Challenger - the engineers warned about it, management ignored their warnings.

Two things that should be emphasized:
1) This warning is coming from the Russian scientists who are working on-site.
2) These are serious management problems which go way beyond Stuxnet.

Related thread in LBN: Russia warns of Iranian Chernobyl' http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x4699020

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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 01:46 PM
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1. "Thanks a radioactive pantload, Stuxnettians." - The Human Beings
Edited on Mon Jan-17-11 01:47 PM by SpiralHawk
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Maine_Nurse Donating Member (688 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:05 PM
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2. Then leave and let 'er melt down!
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Hugabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-11 02:02 AM
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3. And the world will have Israel and the US to blame
Wonder how many people will die because of this?
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-11 03:46 AM
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5. I like how the article calls it the worlds most successful cyber attack, but Iran makes 20% HEU.
If it was really that good Iran's enrichment technology would've been set back by several years.
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-11 03:43 AM
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4. If Iran can make 20% HEU they can make a bomb, therefore we should invite them to let us..
...look at their nuclear facilities and give suggestions as how they might be fixed. Failing to bridge a diplomatic gap with Iran will only foster irresponsible use of nuclear technology. They have it, they can use it for evil means, but they don't have to.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-11 07:34 AM
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6. But but the dick cheneys of this world want them to use the technology for evil means
and its them, the dick cheneys, who control what is going on in this world.
To them its simply a means to an end.
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