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Title: Search results for Burma Myanmar on the NTI site
Description/subject: 229 articles about nukes and Burma
Language: English
Source/publisher: Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: WISE Uranium Project
Description/subject: Expert site on uranium. Sections on: Uranium Radiation and Health Effects • Uranium Mining and Milling: Industry · Issues · Impacts · Tailings · More... • Uranium Enrichment and Fuel Fabrication... • Depleted Uranium: Waste · Civilian Use · Military Use • Tailings Dam Safety... • Phosphate Tailings.
Language: English
Source/publisher: World Information Service on Energy
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Individual Documents

Title: Deep Connections between Myanmar’s Department of Atomic Energy and the DTVE
Date of publication: 28 January 2010
Description/subject: Summary: "Through internet searches, ISIS identified extensive links and associations between Myanmar’s Department of Technical and Vocational Education (DTVE) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), under the greater Ministry of Science and Technology. In particular, the Director General of the DAE, Dr. Ko Ko Oo was also at one point director of DTVE. In addition, directors and deputy directors of the DTVE have appeared regularly at nuclear conferences together, despite the lack of organizational justification for the DTVE’s apparent interest in nuclear energy. Significant personnel links exist within the Myanmar Ministry of Science and Technology between these two agencies. Internet searches establish that Dr. Oo was director of the DTVE as recently as 2004. Dr. Oo was Director General of the Ministry of Science and Technology as recently as 2006, a post that he may still hold. He often appears at conferences with different administrative titles, and therefore it is difficult to track changes in career position precisely. The DTVE and DAE also at one point shared an address, phone number, and fax number until the Department of Atomic Energy relocated to the new capital of Naypidyaw. The DTVE is also now located in Naypidyaw, but no current address can be found."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2010


Title: Exploring Claims about Secret Nuclear Sites in Myanmar
Date of publication: 28 January 2010
Description/subject: "...Overall, the lack of specifics about many of the sites mentioned in the reports from opposition groups and defectors makes independent analysis using commercial satellite imagery very difficult. Those reporting the existence of secret nuclear sites in Burma should provide more direct and specific evidence, in addition to geographical coordinates, in order for some of the sites to be further investigated. ISIS does not want to overweigh the importance of debunking a few claims about secret nuclear activities in Burma. There remain valid suspicions about the existence of undeclared nuclear activities in Myanmar, particularly in the context of cooperation between Myanmar and North Korea. But the methods used in the public so far to allege secret nuclear facilities are flawed. Identification of suspect nuclear sites requires a more rigorous basis than is currently evident..."
Author/creator: Robert Kelley, Andrea Scheel Stricker and Paul Brannan
Language: English
Source/publisher: Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2010


Title: Myanmar: Beneath The Surface (video)
Date of publication: 23 December 2009
Description/subject: "Two years ago the world watched in dismay as Myanmar's military junta brutally crushed the so-called Saffron Revolution. It was the only show of mass opposition to have occurred inside the country in almost 20 years. Filmmaker Hazel Chandler entered the country undercover for People & Power to find out how Myanmar's people are fairing, and to investigate disturbing claims that the regime may be trying to develop nuclear weapons."
Author/creator: Hazel Chandler
Language: English
Source/publisher: Al Jazeera (People and Power)
Format/size: Adobe Flash (23 minutes)
Date of entry/update: 25 December 2009


Title: BURMA: ANOTHER CONVERSATION ABOUT BURMA-DPRK
Date of publication: 10 November 2009
Description/subject: "...[NAME REMOVED] , who on [DETAILS REMOVED] informed Australian Ambassador Chan in Rangoon that Burma and the DPRK were engaged in “peaceful nuclear cooperation” (reftel), has changed [DETAILS REMOVED] story. In a November 9 conversation with Ambassador Chan, [NAME REMOVED] said there had been a “misunderstanding.” After Chan’s “blunt” response to the August revelation (Chan had responded with incredulity to the thought that the GOB might consider nuclear cooperation of any sort with the DPRK to be acceptable), [NAME REMOVED] had checked around Nay Pyi Taw. [DETAILS REMOVED] now says GOB-DPRK conversations were merely “exploratory.” ..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: US Embassy, Rangoon, via Wikileaks
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010


Title: Burma's nuclear bomb alive and ticking/Time for a close look at Burma's nuclear programme
Date of publication: 02 August 2009
Description/subject: 2 linked articles.... Talk to regional security authorities or their embassy staff about Burma having a nuclear programme and it usually generates two responses - total disbelief or horror. Strategic defence studies expert Professor Desmond Ball and journalist Phil Thornton spent two years investigating rumours, speculation, misinformation and the small truths that all help to conceal the Burmese military regime's nuclear ambitions from serious examination
Author/creator: Desmond Ball, Phil Thornton
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Bangkok Post" (Spectrum)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 25 August 2009


Title: BURMESE CIVILIAN OFFERS TO SELL PURPORTED URANIUM
Date of publication: 23 September 2008
Description/subject: "...um-238. The individual had initially contacted the USDAO eight days prior with the offer. The individual provided a small bottle half-filled with metallic powder and a photocopied certificate of testing from a Chinese university dated 1992 as verification of the radioactive nature of the powder. During XXXXXXXXXXXX interview, the individual claimed to be able to provide up to 2000 kg of uranium-bearing rock from a location in Kayah State XXXXXXXXXXXX , and further stated if the U.S. was not interested in purchasing the uranium, he and his associates would try to sell it to other countries, beginning with Thailand..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: US Embassy, Rangoon, via Wikileaks
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010


Title: An Untimely Quest
Date of publication: July 2007
Description/subject: Regardless of Burma’s right to pursue peaceful nuclear technology, its capacity to do so safely and practically should be the most immediate concern... "As speculation mounts over Burma’s nuclear collaboration with Russia, perhaps o­ne fear can be laid to rest. The proposed research reactor will not allow Burma’s military leaders to produce nuclear weapons—at least not yet. So what benefits can be derived from such a facility, and what purpose might it serve in Burma? ..."
Author/creator: Edward Blair
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 15, No. 7
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 May 2008


Title: Burma Plays Nuclear Card
Date of publication: July 2007
Description/subject: Assurances of peaceful intentions arouse o­nly skepticism... "Burma’s confirmation of plans to build a 10-megawatt nuclear reactor with the help of Russia’s federal atomic energy agency Rosatom has created nervousness and anxiety among Burma observers. The regime in Naypyidaw, facing international isolation and sanctions, claims that the planned nuclear reactor is to be built for a “peaceful purpose.” Back in January 2002, then-deputy Foreign Minister Khin Maung Win declared that Burma’s “interest in nuclear energy for peaceful purpose is longstanding.” Such assurances have met with skepticism o­n the part of the international community and Burmese at home and abroad, however..."
Author/creator: Aung Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 15, No. 7
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 May 2008


Title: Thein Oo Po Saw: Burma’s Spokesperson for Nuclear Power
Date of publication: July 2007
Description/subject: Burma’s nuclear ambitions have been the subject of serious discussions at the country’s constitution-drafting National Convention, which has convened intermittently since 1993. These discussions have been led by Thein Oo Po Saw, a US-trained nuclear scientist.
Author/creator: Aung Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 15, No. 7
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=7737
Date of entry/update: 03 May 2008


Title: Burma’s Nuclear Ambition
Date of publication: June 2007
Description/subject: The Irrawaddy charts the timeline on the evolution of Burma's efforts to create a nuclear research facility... "Burma’s nuclear ambitions, spotlighted by last month’s announcement that Russia has agreed to help the regime build a nuclear research facility, date back at least seven years. In December 1995, the junta signed the Bangkok Treaty, banning the development, manufacture, possession, control, stationing, transport, testing or use of nuclear weapons under the terms of the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Five years later, after a visit to Moscow by Burma’s minister for science and technology, U Thaung, the junta’s nuclear plans became clearer..."
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 15, No.6
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 May 2008


Title: BURMA XXXXXXXXXXXX REPORT SENSITIVE SHIPMENT
Date of publication: 30 January 2007
Description/subject: "...Embassy contacts XXXXXXXXXXXX shared with us on XXXXXXXXXXXX documents for 112 metric tons of “mixed ore” shipped on January 25 from Burma to China via Singapore. XXXXXXXXXXXX noticed that authorities treated the shipment as highly sensitive, and suspect it may have included uranium. Our contact had no direct evidence to support this claim..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: US Embassy, Rangoon, via Wikileaks
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010


Title: Burma’s Nuclear Program: Dream or Nightmare?
Date of publication: May 2004
Description/subject: "Burma has long been suspected of harboring nuclear ambitions...Perhaps the best example of the military junta’s questionable priorities is its determination to build a nuclear reactor. This project has caused considerable unease in the region, and in centers like Vienna and Washington. Over the past few months, this concern has begun to turn to alarm, as reports have emerged suggesting that the reactor may be built with the assistance of North Korea. This has raised the specter of a future nuclear weapons program that could intimidate Burma’s neighbors and be used as a bargaining chip against the US and its allies..."
Author/creator: William Ashton
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 12, No. 5
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


Title: BURMA: RUMORS OF CONSTRUCTION OF A NUCLEAR REACTOR
Date of publication: 20 January 2004
Description/subject: 'An expatriate businessman XXXXXXXXXXXX recently volunteered to an Embassy Officer that he had heard rumors that a nuclear reactor was being built near Minbu, in central Magway Division on the Irawaddy River. The businessman added that he personally had seen a “massive” barge containing large-sized rebar being unloaded on a trip to the area. After asking local residents about the rebar’s purpose, he was told that similar size barge shipments were arriving almost weekly and that the rebar was to be used in the construction of unnamed/unidentified factories. In the opinion of the businessman, the quantities involved as well as the diameter of the rebar suggested a project larger than “factories.” Along these lines, the businessman noted that there was a new airport near Minbu with a landing strip that, based on its length and thickness, seemed excessive, adding that “you could land the space shuttle on it.”...'
Language: English
Source/publisher: US Embassy, Rangoon, via Wikileaks
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010


Title: US Warns Myanmar On Nuclear Reactor Aspirations
Date of publication: 22 January 2002
Description/subject: "The United States warned Myanmar on Tuesday that it must honor its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, after Yangon signalled that it intended to build a nuclear reactor with Russian help..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Space Daily
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Yangon's Nuclear Ambitions Alarm Asia And Europe
Date of publication: 18 January 2002
Description/subject: "Myanmar's wish to develop a nuclear research reactor has alarmed many of its Asian neighbours as well as the European community. 'Myanmar is committed to developing a nuclear research reactor for medical purposes,' Foreign Minister Win Aung said recently. While he said that 'it will be some time' before the reactor is built, his words have been startling nonetheless. This is especially so following numerous reports in recent weeks that Russia has signed a deal with Myanmar to supply a reactor..."
Author/creator: Larry Jagan
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Straits Times
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Russia Negotiating to Help Impoverished Nation With Reactor Project : Burma Seeks Nuclear Research Plant
Date of publication: 14 July 2001
Author/creator: Thomas Crampton
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Herald Tribune
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Nuclear Energy Sub-Sector
Description/subject: Uranium Ore Deposits of Myanmar, Current State of Exploitation, Future Plan. "Studies are ongoing on ways and means to utilize nuclear sources for application and at the same time advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy and also cause and effect experienced by developing countries on implementation and utilization of nuclear energy in various fields will compared and analysis made."
Source/publisher: Energy Planning Department of the Ministry of Energy (Myanmar)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003