View Full Version : That alone rewrites atomic history

15-02-09, 21:42
A stumper for your next quiz night: Name all of the countries that have exploded atomic weapons in Xinjiang. The answer: China and... Pakistan? Crazy stuff in today's New York Times nuclear book review smorgasbord. The book in question is "The Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and Its Proliferation" due out in January. The authors drop more than one bombshell recovered from the dustbin of atomic history: Secret cooperation extended to the secluded sites where nations tested their handiwork in thundering blasts. The book says, for instance, that China opened its sprawling desert test site to Pakistan, letting its client test a first bomb there on May 26, 1990.

That alone rewrites atomic history. It casts new light on the reign of Benazir Bhutto as prime minister of Pakistan and helps explain how the country was able to respond so quickly in May 1998 when India conducted five nuclear tests.

“It took only two weeks and three days for the Pakistanis to field and fir...

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