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    Re: N. Korea Says It Has Restarted Nuclear Facilities

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Radioactive decay. The core of a modern nuclear weapon is weapons grade plutonium or uranium. Both of which undergo radioactive decay into more stable elements. While the half life of either is in the millions of years, not every atom of plutonium and uranium decays at the same time, thus individual atoms are slowly losing their capacity to be used as fissile material.



    Yes they do, but not in a real noticeable way. Yields are reduced, but the weapon still works.
    O.C. no offense, but why post what you did, when you know I was talking about in our life span and in a significant way?

    The fact of the matter is that the weapons do not degrade in our life span in any sort of significant way.

    To add, I was not only talking about the nuclear material, but the mechanical materials within the rocket itself as well.

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    Re: N. Korea Says It Has Restarted Nuclear Facilities

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    O.C. no offense, but why post what you did, when you know I was talking about in our life span and in a significant way?

    The fact of the matter is that the weapons do not degrade in our life span in any sort of significant way.
    I never said that the critical mass stops functioning. The question is about reliability. Will a 5 megaton weapon actually perform to such a yield when its critical mass is undergoing nuclear decay? In strategic planning, this is vital.
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