Obama’s GE to Export Nuclear Technology to Iran via China

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Obama’s problem is that he has too many things to at once. How does he destroy the economy and help arm Iran with a single policy? It’s a tough challenge, but just as the Spork was invented as a way of combining the spoon and the fork, shipping nuclear technology was a way to create the ultimate spork from hell.

Disclosure of the Obama administration’s support for GE-Hitachi’s bid to manufacture nuclear goods in China comes as GE’s chairman and CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, continues to head the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which advises President Barack Obama on ways to improve the nation’s economy and create jobs.

GE also came under fire last year from Pentagon technology security officials over the company’s joint venture with the state-run Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) over concerns China would covertly obtain U.S. jet avionics technology that could bolster its growing force of advanced jets.

GE-Hitachi builds advanced nuclear reactors and wants China First Heavy Industries Group, a state-run Chinese company that is directly involved in Chinese nuclear weapons production, to build major components. According to the cable, GE-Hitachi is considering whether China First Heavy Industries would build reactor pressure vessels—special high-strength tanks that are key reactor components.

China has been identified by the CIA and Congress as a major proliferator of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and also is among the most aggressive states engaged in economic espionage.

A U.S. official who is critical of the Obama administration’s cooperation with GE-Hitachi on the Chinese nuclear manufacturing said Clinton was helping export U.S. jobs to China through the effort.

“You have our nuclear technology sold to the Japanese and now they are asking for the Chinese to build these major components,” the official said. “It’s getting rid of jobs needed by the American people.”

According to the cable, Clinton was seeking assurances that China would not retransfer U.S. nuclear technology under a September 2003 agreement between the United States and China that stipulated U.S. nuclear technology would not be retransferred by China to other countries without prior U.S. approval.

The pact was designed to prevent China’s support for weapons of mass destruction program in places like Pakistan and Iran.

China was a major supplier of nuclear weapons technology to Pakistan, providing Islamabad with both warhead design and nuclear material production technology and equipment.

U.S. intelligence reports from earlier this year revealed that China is covertly helping Pakistan modernize its nuclear facilities and nuclear weapons, including the design of a new warhead.

The intelligence reports on proliferation so far have been ignored by Obama administration policymakers who have suppressed the intelligence to avoid upsetting both China and Pakistan.

Iran also has received nuclear goods from China.

Former State Department intelligence analyst John Tkacik said China has a reputation for stealing advanced technology like the kind that would be involved in a GE-Hitachi deal with China.

“Stealing foreign technology and intellectual property is a standard business model for virtually all Chinese companies, including the biggest,” Tkacik said

It’s a spork. A gorgeous glowing radioactive spork that sends American jobs and classified technology overseas. And in case you’re wondering, yes he can.

  • Justin Passing

    Except GE-Hitachi is a Japanese company. Also, the US lacks the heavy forging industry needed to manufacture reactor pressure vessels. Do some research spork boy.

    • carrie

      It's a GE Company.

      "GE-Hitachi is considering whether China First Heavy Industries would build reactor pressure vessels—special high-strength tanks that are key reactor components."

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Also, the US lacks the heavy forging industry needed to manufacture reactor pressure vessels."

      Maybe you can say that now, which is more reason to complain. Wait, the communists created all of these technologies and we stole or purchased them for near to nothing. Have you met Oliver Stone?

    • hasottee

      GE-Hitachi is not a Japanese company. It is a joint venture but HQ is in the U.S.

  • BLJ

    Nice try Justin. Obama is in bed with every enemy of America. As a matter of fact he is an enemy of America. I hate those a-holes who voted for this maggot.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      And this is his latest handiwork, as the Mid East is ready to explode – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/20/the-unleashin

      And living within spitting distance of his deadly machinations, I take his anti-American/anti-Israel actions VERY personally!

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Nice try Justin"

      His name is, "just a passing troll."

  • JacksonPearson

    I think the article suggests that Obama says one thing, than deviously circumvents to do just the opposite. Nothing he says can be trusted.

  • Steeloak

    Looks like all those years of being Obama's towel boy are starting to pay off for Immelt.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    GE-EE, After the last major light bulb factory in the U.S., a GE plant in Winchester, VA, closed in 2010, – perhaps they can move those jobs to COMMUNIST China where the Chinese incandescent light bulb is not a victim of the American Left!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "China has been identified by the CIA and Congress as a major proliferator of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and also is among the most aggressive states engaged in economic espionage."

    But as long as they pay their bills…

  • Tiberius

    I like to see why the OCCUPY WALL STREET fools have to say to this. Their guy is going around making it easier to have our enemies arm themselves and yet they wil blame this on GW Bush as always. 40 years from now, these same jerks will still blaming former President Bush for any ills going on at that time.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama helping Iran get nuclear technology, who would have guessed. Is that Obama bowing to
    the Chinese Premiere or is he stunned with the mans shoes? Israel may be pushed closer to
    strike day by this information or already have it set because of BO…………..William

  • muttonthestray

    Wow, what a dumb government we Americans have! On the one hand, we suppress information, and on the other, we give just enough information about "that particular thing" to hang ourselves. You can draft a story using anything you want to, just look at the variations of religion using the exact same book! Put the whole picture together, and tell the whole story here. US policy is basically useless against what Chain and Iran what to do with each other. They're setting up Road blocks for other people not to be disturbed while delivering through their country. What the heck is that, US policy being observed? Yea right! President Obama is just supporting, and get this, Safe Nuclear Energy production. Just look at what they're building. What the Chinese Govt. is building, however, is much different. We, nor they, just give out powerful and redesignable weapons unless there is a strategic reason to give them over. It's just safe politics. Don't give the idiot down the street a weapon to use against you. If anything, my guns go to a friend, not a jerk I know. GE is "VERY BRAVE" for going into China right now. A little stupid. Maybe the Obama administration should say that out loud.

  • Anamah

    He is serving US on a tray! We and our children and grandchildren… As slaves of our stupid and huge debt!!!

  • Ghostwriter

    This isn't a good idea.

  • Dave

    The people commenting on this ludicrous conspiracy theory have no idea what they are talking about. If you want to make a large reactor pressure vessel you need to reduce the number of welds needed so it is cast in halves. There are no more than 3 locations in the world that can do this type of casting and one is China. None are in the United States. GE just wants them to cast a low technology high quality vessel. This is not an IP risk – and I believe the vessel dimensions are already public domain available to anyone at the NRC website.

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  • 1autumn

    …and look… Obama’s bowing.