posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 02:19 PM
Diplomats close tot he United Nations have indicated that Iran has started construction on a second reactor. The foundations for the heavy water
reactor have been poured at Arak and experts believe that the reactor could produce enough material for one bomb a year. Heavy water reactors can
produce weapons grade plutonium which is extracted from the spent fuel rods.
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran (news - web sites) has started building a research reactor that could eventually produce enough plutonium for one bomb per
year, ignoring calls to scrap the project, diplomats close to the United Nations said on Thursday.
"Iran has laid the foundations for the research reactor at Arak," a Western diplomat close to the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
In September, the IAEA board of governors passed a resolution calling on Iran "as a further confidence-building measure, voluntarily to reconsider
its decision to start construction of a research reactor modified by heavy water."
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Experts believe that the reactor will not be completed till 2010 at best. One has to wonder why the Iranians are being so provocative. You would
expect them to be less overt about it. If the European efforts for a diplomatic solution fail, it will be interesting to see what they plan to do
about the ongoing problem. They have offered the Iranians a light water reactor which produces the same amount of power but does not breed plutonium
and that was summarily rejected. That alone points to a desire to make nuclear material for weapons applications.
[edit on 3/3/05 by FredT]