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Originally posted by SeekerofMight be why they are enriching uranium? Why they are moving their enriching facility(s) under ground?
Boston.com: Iran Determined to Be Nuclear Fuel Exporter
VIENNA - Iran, accused by Washington of developing nuclear weapons, is determined to become one of the world's suppliers of nuclear fuel, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday.
The head of the UN nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, last year proposed a five-year moratorium on the creation of new nuclear fuel production facilities around the world, which would include Iran's uranium enrichment facilities.
But Sirus Naseri, a senior member of Iran's delegation to the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said such a moratorium would be tantamount to handing the world's few existing nuclear fuel suppliers a monopoly.
"The five-year moratorium proposed by ElBaradei is equal to exclusivity of supply," Naseri told Reuters in a telephone interview.
Another Iranian official said the Europeans were simply trying to clear the way for themselves and Russia to have a monopoly on fuel supply in the region.
Naseri said Iran, the second biggest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), wanted to ensure it remained a supplier of energy to the world.
"With diminishing exports of oil, Iran has to be a supplier. Iran is used to being a net supplier of energy rather than a sole receiver," he said.
"We are definitely going to be a player," he added.
Iran claims it is trying to establish a complete nuclear fuel cycle to support a civilian energy program, but this same fuel cycle would be applicable to a nuclear weapons development program.
Originally posted by Kriz_4
Thanks for the links seekerof, but I do not find anything in them of substance. The "probable" Plutonium production reactor (quoted from the article) is misleading. All reactors produce Plutonium, it is an unavoidable by-product. This is the material that is to be returned to Russia. Plutonium also contibutes to a third of the energy created by the reactor and can indeed by re-used as fuel for the reactor. This will not happen for the Iranians as it is to be transported to Russia, a shame as they will not be getting the full benefit of their fuel, but it is a compramise.
I would be interested in a response from you on my post from the first page. I still fail to see why the economic benefits and the reason for their direction is not obvious, without the non fact based accusations that they are seeking nuclear weapons.