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Originally posted by Geneticus
If the explosion was the result of a covert operation against Iran, and there is no political gain for Iran to release the truth, then releasing the truth would only serve to aid the attacker in damage assessment.
Lying about it would seem to be the obvious course of action. At least, a lie would generate a small degree of doubt about the success of the operation. Two different lies, however...less than convincing...
Originally posted by spike
I thought THIS LINK was relevant and of intrest. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists have moved the clock up from 9 till midnight to 7 till midnight. Of course this was in 2002,....I wonder if it will move again soon.
[edit on 17-2-2005 by spike]
Originally posted by HowardRoark
Please keep in mind that any sort of above ground nuclear testing would cause large amounts of radioactive fission products to be injected into the atmosphere. These would be quickly dispersed around the globe in a few days to a week. Many, many different organizations in many different countries monitor for such releases. I do not think that it would be possible for someone to initiate an aboveground test without it becoming public knowledge.
Besides, the whole point of doing an above ground test, or any test, for that matter) is to tell everyone that you have the bomb.