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News that Russia will load nuclear fuel rods into an Iranian reactor has touched off a countdown to a point of no return, a deadline by which Israel would have to launch an attack on Iran's Bushehr reactor before it becomes effectively "immune" to any assault, says former Bush administration U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton.
Originally posted by ironfalcon
Russians to fuel Iranian reactor
The Obama administration, which has previously been critical of Moscow's role in Bushehr, largely voiced support for the Russian position Friday. It's part of Washington's broader campaign to prevent Tehran from obtaining atomic weapons.
Senior U.S. officials said the White House consented in recent months to Russia pushing forward with Bushehr in order to gain Moscow's support for a fourth round of United Nations sanctions against Iran, which passed in June.
These officials acknowledge the Bushehr project undercuts the U.S.'s efforts to present Tehran as isolated internationally. But they stressed that Bushehr doesn't pose a proliferation risk and challenges Iran's argument that it needs to produce nuclear fuel indigenously in order to power its civilian power plants.
Bushehr is a power plant, not an enrichment facility..
A nuclear power plant by definition is an enrichment facility.
How did North Korea get their nukes if it weren't? North Korea didn't enrich uranium using centrifuges. They used the used plutonium from their reactor and turned it into weapons.