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Washington – For all the recent uproar over Iran's nuclear program, little attention has been paid to the fact that the country which first provided Tehran with nuclear equipment was the United States.
In 1967, under the "Atoms for Peace" program launched by President Eisenhower, the US sold the Shah of Iran's government a 5-megawatt, light-water type research reactor. This small dome-shaped structure, located in the Tehran suburbs, was the foundation of Iran's nuclear program. It remains at the center of the controversy over Iranian intentions, even today.
Originally posted by purehughness
reply to post by GoldenFleece
S&F for this, great post.
It really boggles me that so few people know about this.. Stupid media..
Originally posted by The-Hammer
Oh in the middle of the cold war about a million years ago
Originally posted by bsbray11
Speaking of how relationships change, who was that guy that the CIA backed in Afghanistan in the 1980's, to fight the Soviets? And they gave him weapons and trained his men? Osama bin Laden.
Originally posted by bsbray11
It's almost comical how we turn to making out all these people to be "bad guys" after we put so much effort into aiding them with the very things we complain about now.
In 1967, under the "Atoms for Peace" program launched by President Eisenhower, the US sold the Shah of Iran's government a 5-megawatt, light-water type research reactor.
This small dome-shaped structure, located in the Tehran suburbs, was the foundation of Iran's nuclear program. It remains at the center of the controversy over Iranian intentions, even today.
The Shah of Iran was a US ally. But even so, the US had qualms about providing him with nuclear technology. The worries were very like those of today: officials thought it possible that Iran would build on nuclear power programs to develop nuclear weapons technology.
A 1974 Defense Department memorandum, recently declassified and posted on-line by the National Security Archive, noted that stability in Iran depended heavily on the Shah's personality. Should he fall, "domestic dissidents or foreign terrorists might easily be able to seize any special nuclear materials stored in Iran for use in bombs".
The use of ordinary water makes it necessary to do a certain amount of enrichment of the uranium fuel before the necessary criticality of the reactor can be maintained. The light water reactor uses uranium 235 as a fuel, enriched to approximately 3 percent. Although this is its major fuel, the uranium 238 atoms also contribute to the fission process by converting to plutonium 239; about one-half of which is consumed in the reactor. Light-water reactors are generally refueled every 12 to 18 months, at which time, about 25 percent of the fuel is replaced.
I have a question.
Excuse my ignorance, but is this reactor capable of creating weapons grade fuel? I'm no atomic scientist. So please again excuse my ignorance.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
I would like to see the whole region Nuclear weapons free.