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Former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Siegfried Hecker will present a public lecture on “Iran and North Korea what a difference a year makes” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1967 18th Street in Los Alamos.
In a release, Hecker, who now works at Stanford, said, “one year ago, Iran’s President Ahmadinejad was still threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the map while Iran’s nuclear program was progressing steadily.
“Now, recently elected President Hassan Rohani and his foreign minister Javad Zarif are pursuing a nuclear deal and rapprochment with the West. In North Korea, the young, Swiss-educated Kim appeared to be willing to compromise with the West. But recently he carried out one of the most brutal leadership purges, including executing his uncle.
“In the meantime, the North’s nuclear program is moving ahead on all fronts. I will provide a perspective on these two nuclear cases based on interactions with key officials from both countries.”
Hawkins to speak
Los Alamos National Laboratory Senior Fellow Houston “Terry” Hawkins talks about the role that the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile plays in maintaining the nation’s defense — and that of our allies — in a talk at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 15 at the Bradbury Science Museum. The talk is the first in a series of evening lectures planned this year at the museum that are free and open to the public.
Hawkins, of Los Alamos’ Intelligence Defense Counterterrorism Group in the Global Security Directorate, noted that the direct and ancillary consequences of a reduction in the nation’s nuclear arsenal needs to be carefully evaluated and addressed. Hawkins’ talk will look at key areas for evaluation:
• major foreign force modernizations, especially in nuclear weapons, strategic delivery systems and nuclear weapons production
• re-emergence of disturbing confrontational strategies
• growing nuclear proliferation activities pointing toward nuclear weapon production
• expansion of international terrorism with hatred toward the U.S. and its values
• development of alliances and international cabals with ties to terrorist networks.