Oilpan4 wrote:If we had developed molten thorium reactors we could sell the that tech. Which does not involve enrichment of uranium and any left over plutonium produced by the thorium fuel cycle is useless for nuclear weapons.
While harder, thorium can be used to make an atomic weapon.
The thorium fuel cycle involves breeding uranium-233. A partly U-233 bomb was made and exploded in 1955 and a completely U-233 bomb was exploded in 1998. Thorium can also be used as the blanket of a hydrogen bomb.
MET blast of the Teapot test series. (Actually a mixed PU-U-233 bomb).
As has India, with Shakti V, said to be completely U-233.
And has Russia, in their first hydrogen bomb.