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Last Friday night, the meeting hall at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints was packed to standing room only. The guest speaker was none other than Siegried Hecker, the former Los Alamos National Laboratory director who served in that position from 1986 to 1997.
Since leaving the lab, Hecker has gone to become an internationally-recognized expert on nuclear energy, weaponry and safety. He’s currently a research professor at Stanford University.
At the church Friday, Hecker gave his take on North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani and how they are both changing the landscape of international relations and proliferation of nuclear weaponry.
He began is his lecture with a question.
“What makes me qualified to talk about Iran and North Korea? I think, quite frankly it’s that my most important qualification is that I’m from Los Alamos,” he said, getting a laugh from the audience.
“It turns out if you’re from Los Alamos, especially a nuclear guy from Los Alamos, the doors are open to anywhere in the world.”
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