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atomic weapon

[ə′täm·ik ′wep·ən]
(ordnance)
Any bomb, warhead, or projectile using active nuclear material to cause a chain reaction upon detonation. Also known as atomic device; nuclear weapon.
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TEHRAN - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani berated the world's nuclear powers Wednesday, saying atomic weapons had not kept them safe and reiterating that his country was not seeking the bomb.
In the years since WWII, two issues have fueled a debate over America's use of nuclear weapons against Japan: Did Washington have an alternative to the course it pursued -- the bombing of Hiroshima followed by dropping a second atomic weapon on Nagasaki on Aug.
Western nations, including the US, have accused Iran of planning to develop atomic weapons, but Tehran insists that it only wants the technology for energy production.
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50 Years Ago An atomic weapon was successfully exploded yesterday at the proving ground, north west of Woomera, Australia.
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The attack on Hiroshima revealed for the first time that the United States had developed an atomic weapon.
North Korea said on Tuesday its main nuclear complex,the Yongbyon complex, which has been the source of fissile material used in the country's atomic weapons programme, was in full operation and said it was working to improve its nuclear weapons "in quality and quantity.
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Washington -- Pakistan had about 120 atomic weapons, 10 more than India, in its nuclear arsenal last year, according to a new interactive infographic unveiled by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
But the West, unconvinced and worried by signs of possible atomic weapons development, imposed ever tighter sanctions hoping to prevent Iran from getting to a "break-out" point.
Latest comments by Israeli and foreign professionals all appear to validate that Iran has already approved the "point of no return" in its pursuit for atomic weapons, despite years of solemn vows that the Islamic Republic would never be allowed to achieve this level in its nuclear program.