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WAR: Iran Starts Building Another Heavy Water Nuclear Plant

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posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 02:19 PM
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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.

 



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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.


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posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 02:39 PM
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Quick question Fred. If it can create enough material to produce one bomb per year, how long would that same amount of fuel power a nuclear power plant?



posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 02:51 PM
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Originally posted by Kriz_4
Quick question Fred. If it can create enough material to produce one bomb per year, how long would that same amount of fuel power a nuclear power plant?


I have no idea about the realive amounts of plutonium versus enriched uranium needed for fuel use. Yes it is possible that they could be using the plutonium to power a reactor, but??????



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