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Canada has a well developed advanced nuclear technology base, large uranium reserves and markets reactors for civilian use. Through extensive power generation and production capabilities. Canada has the technological capabilities to develop nuclear weapons, possessing large amounts of plutonium through power generation. Canada could develop nuclear weapons within a short period of time if attempted. While no nuclear weapons program existed, Canada was technically well placed to proceed with a program as early as 1945 if they wished to do so.
Originally posted by Styki
Let me ask this question. What country, that is a nuclear power has developed that power for peaceful reasons? Has nuclear technology been created without the intention of making nuclear weapons? And if so, are their nuclear sites still active? I dunno, it seems like a fair question to me.
Originally posted by BitRaiser
Interesting note... however, this might be a little more telling and relevent to the discussion:
Since 1942, we could have been building bombs... but we've actively desided against it.
Yes, we've assisted our allies in their research project to attain nuclear weapons (thanks for the link, it's actually quite interesting) and have even equiped some of our own aircraft with nuclear bombs
As it stands, I'm very pleased with Canada's stance in the nuclear world. We provide the technology, equpiment, and knowhow to help people work towards a better world... and we've never made an attempt to militarize our program.
Originally posted by Mdv2
Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Italy
Sweden – During the 1950s and 1960s, Sweden seriously investigated nuclear weapons, intended to be deployed over coastal facilities of an invading enemy (the Soviet Union).
The Netherlands - By 2000 the Netherlands had about 2 tons of separated reactor grade plutonium. Even though the capability exists, there is no evidence for nuclear weapon production in the Netherlands. Also, in the light of the fierce opposition against nuclear weapon deployment in the 1980s, it is highly unlikely that such a programme will ever exist.
Italy - Italy has operated a number of nuclear reactors, both for power and for research. The country was also a base for the Jupiter missile in the 1960s and later the GLCM nuclear-armed ground-launched variant of the Tomahawk cruise missile during the 1980s, despite strong public outcry. Several warheads are still in the NATO arsenal in Italy, mostly in form of airplane bombs.
Originally posted by marg6043
Why Iran really needs nuclear power?
Very simple . . . so another country like the US doesn't do to their nation what it did to Iraq, in the name of democracy, freedom of religion and the well being of all.
Even I will be building nuclear weapon in my nation if I was called an axis of evil and terrorist nation.
And let no forget that Israel also have nuclear weapons and they also hate Iran. and every arab country in the region.
I bet they have no problem with India and Pakistan.