Key findings from India day three
- The Indian government is building a large new factory for highly enriched uranium (HEU), which could be used to fuel a sizable new arsenal of thermonuclear weapons, or H-bombs.
- If the factory operates as expected and some of the fuel is used in submarines, experts say, India could still have enough extra HEU to make 22 new H-bombs a year, a circumstance that will worry India’s neighbors, including China.
- Residents of the area around the factory, located in the southern Indian village of Challakere, have had their land seized and been kept in the dark about its scope and purpose.
- Planning for the project got underway at roughly the same time that Washington and Delhi reached an accord that Bush administration officials claimed would block any expansion of the Indian military’s nuclear arsenal.