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NEWS: Iran Resumes Testing Of Nuclear Plant

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posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 10:51 AM
Thumbing their collective noses in the face of international pressure, Iran has resumed testing of a facility for enriching uranium for nuclear weapons. Iran received sharp criticism in March for testing then, from Germany, France, and the UK.
The United States says Iran is stringing the international community along with talks over its nuclear program while buying time to make an atomic bomb. Iran denies the charge, saying it is only interested in generating electricity.

While Iran said in April it intended to run the tests at its uranium conversion facility near the central city of Isfahan, the move snubs a request by the U.N. nuclear watchdog for it not to test the site.

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As if the region weren't hot enough, this new, not unexpected development, will certain cause pause. Now the collective eyeballs of the world look nervously to Israel, wondering upon the nature of her response.

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posted on Jul, 30 2004 @ 10:15 AM
Iranian agents are negotiating with a Russian company to buy deuterium gas that can boost nuclear explosions in atomic weapons, according to an intelligence agency report citing "knowledgeable Russian sources."

It is not illegal for Iran to purchase deuterium, but it should be reported to the IAEA.

The report said purchase talks were in the final stages, adding that Iran had tried to produce deuterium-tritium gas - with the help of Russian scientists - but had so far failed.

Iranian middlemen ... are in the advanced stages of negotiations in Russia to buy deuterium gas," the report said.

Deuterium is used as a tracer molecule in medicine and biochemistry and is used in heavy water reactors of the type Iran is building.

But it can also be combined with tritium and used as a "booster" in nuclear fusion bombs of the implosion type.

Diplomats say the suspicions surrounding Iran's nuclear program are so great that it would be wise for Tehran to exercise maximum transparency on all such "dual-use" purchases and declare them ahead of time to the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

"Iran has not declared this to the IAEA. Their cover story is that they want it for civilian purposes," said the diplomat who gave Reuters the report.

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