Obama’s GE to Export Nuclear Technology to Iran via China
From Front Page Magazine
By Daniel Greenfield
Obama’s problem is that he has too many things to at once. How does he destroy the economy and help arm Iran with a single policy? It’s a tough challenge, but just as the Spork was invented as a way of combining the spoon and the fork, shipping nuclear technology was a way to create the ultimate spork from hell.
Disclosure of the Obama administration’s support for GE-Hitachi’s bid to manufacture nuclear goods in China comes as GE’s chairman and CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, continues to head the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which advises President Barack Obama on ways to improve the nation’s economy and create jobs.
GE also came under fire last year from Pentagon technology security officials over the company’s joint venture with the state-run Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) over concerns China would covertly obtain U.S. jet avionics technology that could bolster its growing force of advanced jets.
GE-Hitachi builds advanced nuclear reactors and wants China First Heavy Industries Group, a state-run Chinese company that is directly involved in Chinese nuclear weapons production, to build major components. According to the cable, GE-Hitachi is considering whether China First Heavy Industries would build reactor pressure vessels—special high-strength tanks that are key reactor components.
China has been identified by the CIA and Congress as a major proliferator of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and also is among the most aggressive states engaged in economic espionage.
A U.S. official who is critical of the Obama administration’s cooperation with GE-Hitachi on the Chinese nuclear manufacturing said Clinton was helping export U.S. jobs to China through the effort.
“You have our nuclear technology sold to the Japanese and now they are asking for the Chinese to build these major components,” the official said. “It’s getting rid of jobs needed by the American people.”
According to the cable, Clinton was seeking assurances that China would not retransfer U.S. nuclear technology under a September 2003 agreement between the United States and China that stipulated U.S. nuclear technology would not be retransferred by China to other countries without prior U.S. approval.
The pact was designed to prevent China’s support for weapons of mass destruction program in places like Pakistan and Iran.
China was a major supplier of nuclear weapons technology to Pakistan, providing Islamabad with both warhead design and nuclear material production technology and equipment.
U.S. intelligence reports from earlier this year revealed that China is covertly helping Pakistan modernize its nuclear facilities and nuclear weapons, including the design of a new warhead.
The intelligence reports on proliferation so far have been ignored by Obama administration policymakers who have suppressed the intelligence to avoid upsetting both China and Pakistan.
Iran also has received nuclear goods from China.
Former State Department intelligence analyst John Tkacik said China has a reputation for stealing advanced technology like the kind that would be involved in a GE-Hitachi deal with China.
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