Contact: Roland Watson, email@example.com
RUSSIAN SUPPORT FOR BURMAS NUCLEAR PROGRAM
June 26, 2008
Please forward widely.
We have new, disturbing, and detailed
intelligence about the assistance Russia is providing Burmas dictatorship,
the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), on its nuclear program and more
generally its military modernization. A 10 MW reactor is to be installed in the
Kyauk Pa Toe area of Tha Beik Kyin Township, Mandalay Division, by the end of
this year. Russia is also providing a factory to produce guided rockets (precision-guided
munitions PGMs), which will be constructed in Thazi Township in the Pyin
Nyaung area on the Shwe Nyaung Railway between Mandalay Division and Southern
Shan State. More than five thousand Burmese State Scholars, who have
already graduated from the Defense Services Academy, are studying in Moscow and
St. Petersburg. Their subjects include nuclear science, tunneling science, rocketry,
artillery, and a wide variety of other military fields. In return for this assistance,
Russia has received mining concessions in Burma for gold, titanium and uranium.
This intelligence confirms information that we have already published from other
sources, and it also fills in some of the gaps in the overall picture of SPDC
military cooperation with Russia and North Korea. It further means that, behind
the scenes, the situation for freedom and democracy in Burma is getting worse.
Notwithstanding the crackdown on democracy activists and the monks, and the effects
of Cyclone Nargis, the time left to win freedom is running out. This implies a
need for dramatic action.
We would like to hear what the U.S. and the IAEA know about the SPDCs nuclear
program, and are doing to prevent it. Russian assistance to Burma is following
the exact same pattern that occurred between the Soviet Union and North Korea,
and though which North Korea secured nuclear weapons. Proliferation in North Korea,
Iran, Syria and now Burma is one of the top threats we face. The SPDCs effort
must be stopped, and Russia must be reined in from this program to destabilize