Entries in Nuclear Fuel (2)


Iran Inserts Domestically-Made Nuclear Fuel Rods into Reactor

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iran has begun inserting high grade nuclear fuel rods it has produced into a reactor in Tehran.

At a ceremony broadcast live on State TV Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad watched as the rods were lowered into the Tehran Research Reactor.

The milestone could spark even higher tensions with the West, which has already placed stiff sanctions against the country in an effort to stop it from making nuclear weapons.  But as one expert explains, Wednesday's development has nothing to do with Iran's nuclear program.

"This is absolutely nothing to do with nuclear weapons aspirations.  It's totally for production of medical isotopes for cancer victims," says Mark Fitzpatrick, a nuclear non proliferation expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

He added, "This development and any development right now in Iran's nuclear program is not something that should cause everyone to think, 'Oh my god, Iran's about ready to have the bomb.'

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US Preparing New Nuclear Offer to Iran

Photo Courtesy - ATTA KENARE | AFP | Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department on Thursday confirmed that the U.S. and its allies are working on a new deal to swap nuclear fuel for use in the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR).

The deal, according to U.S. officials, would be similar to an offer that Iran initially accepted, then rejected, last year that would've sent much of Iran’s nuclear stockpile abroad for enrichment. In return, Iran would have received fuel that could be used in a nuclear power plant.

This time around, however, Iran would have to transfer nearly double the amount of uranium since they have continued production over the past year.

The European Union has offered to meet Iran’s negotiator in mid-November. No official response has been received.

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