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Title:Valindaba: lessons from South Africa's nuclear policy
Author:Lomas, Peter
Periodical:The World Today: Chatham House Review
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:nuclear energy
nuclear weapons
Abstract:Unlike the two French-supplied reactors commissioned at Koeberg, Cape Province, in 1984, the uranium-enrichment plant at Valindaba, near Pretoria, which began full operation in the mid-1970s, is not open to international inspection, nor is it dependent on foreign supplies of nuclear material and equipment. The total picture of South African nuclear policy; suggests that it has been designed with one or more of three purposes in mind: 1) the acquisition of nuclear weapons; 2) preparation for an effective international embargo on fuel supplies to the country; 3) providing a diplomatic cudgel with which to beat external opponents of the regime. Notes, ref.