Plutonium

Shortage of critical fuel could threaten NASA's deep space missions, warns US govt

Shortage of critical fuel could threaten NASA's deep space missions, warns US govt

Missions such as Mars Curiousity rover and the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft use radioisotope thermoelectric generators as power source.

Oct 12, 2017, 19:06 PM IST
North Korea has plutonium for 10 nuclear bombs: South Korea

North Korea has plutonium for 10 nuclear bombs: South Korea

North Korea has carried out five nuclear tests and numerous missile launches.

Jan 11, 2017, 11:47 AM IST
Putin signs law halting plutonium disposal deal with US

Putin signs law halting plutonium disposal deal with US

The Russian parliament had previously approved the legislation. 

Oct 31, 2016, 20:34 PM IST
North Korea says it has resumed plutonium production

North Korea says it has resumed plutonium production

North Korea said it has resumed plutonium production by reprocessing spent fuel rods and that it has no plans to stop nuclear tests as long as perceived U.S. threats remain, Japan`s Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday.

Aug 17, 2016, 16:12 PM IST
Fresh activity seen at North Korea nuclear site: US think tank

Fresh activity seen at North Korea nuclear site: US think tank

The prospect of North Korea acquiring more plutonium will be looked on with concern by the UN Security Council, including Pyongyang's major ally, China. 

Apr 15, 2016, 23:21 PM IST

Japan to send plutonium cache to US under nuclear deal: Report

Japan will send a huge cache of plutonium -- enough to produce 50 nuclear bombs -- to the United States as part of a deal to return the material that was used for research, reports and officials said on Tuesday.

Jan 05, 2016, 14:06 PM IST

Has the Galactic radioactive plutonium puzzle finally been solved?

The research held by a team of scientists from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem have claimed that all the plutonium used on earth is artificially produced in nuclear reactors and still it turns out that it is also produced in nature.

Dec 09, 2015, 19:20 PM IST
North Korea confirms reactor restart after hints of missile launch

North Korea confirms reactor restart after hints of missile launch

North Korea Tuesday confirmed the restarting of a nuclear reactor seen as its main source of weapons-grade plutonium, raising the second red flag in 24 hours over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Sep 15, 2015, 15:27 PM IST
Pakistan's fear: India can make 2,000 nuke bombs

Pakistan's fear: India can make 2,000 nuke bombs

Pakistan has assessed that India has enough fissile material for more than 2,000 warheads, a media report said on Thursday.

Sep 10, 2015, 11:33 AM IST

Signs North Korea may be expanding plutonium output: US think tank

 Stepped up activity at North Korea`s main nuclear complex could point to fresh plutonium production to expand its nuclear weapons stockpile, a US think tank said Wednesday.

Sep 09, 2015, 08:33 AM IST

US sets out `bottom lines` for Iran nuclear deal

 The United States on Friday set out what it called its "bottom lines" to reach a deal with Iran to rein in its nuclear program, ahead of new talks next week.

Feb 28, 2015, 05:06 AM IST

North Korea reactor may be operating: IAEA

The UN nuclear watchdog said it has seen releases of steam and water indicating that North Korea may be operating a reactor, in the latest update on a plant that experts say could make plutonium for atomic bombs.

Sep 05, 2014, 15:06 PM IST

Japan-US nuclear deal announced at Hague summit

Japan will turn over to US 315 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium and a supply of highly enriched uranium, victory for President Barack Obama`s efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world.

Mar 24, 2014, 18:31 PM IST

China asks Japan to return 300 kg of plutonium to suppliers

A "deeply concerned" China on Monday asked Japan to return to the US over 300 kg of weapons-grade plutonium, which could arm upto 50 nuclear bombs, the latest in a series of disputes between the two distrustful neighbours.

Feb 17, 2014, 20:10 PM IST

White steam rising, North Korea restarts Yongbyon nuclear reactor?

In what may reignite furore over North Korean nukes, a white steam was seen rising from a building near Pyongyang`s Yongbyon nuclear reactor, a US institute report said Thursday.

Sep 12, 2013, 10:06 AM IST

Pak speeding up work on fourth nuclear reactor

Pakistan`s nuclear weapons programme is considered to be among the fastest growing in the world by International Peace Research Institute.

May 23, 2012, 12:07 PM IST

China boasts breakthrough in nuclear technology

With the new technology, China`s existing detected uranium resources could be used for 3,000 years.

Jan 03, 2011, 23:45 PM IST

North Korea restoring nuclear facilities

Yongbyon nuclear reactor was the source of weapons-grade plutonium in past.

Oct 05, 2010, 09:56 AM IST

Plutonium possessed by Japan rises to 31.8 tons

Japan has about 31.8 tons of fissile
plutonium at the end of last year, up 0.6 ton from the year
earlier, a Cabinet Office report showed Tuesday.

Sep 08, 2009, 19:57 PM IST

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