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Iran Unveils Nuclear Fuel As Accusations Fly Over Its Links To Bangkok Bombers

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 15, 2012

For the first time, Iran has loaded nuclear fuel rods made on Iranian soil into a research reactor at a ceremony attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The enriched uranium fuel was placed into the Tehran Research Reactor on Wednesday.

Broadcast on state TV, the footage shows the Iranian leader being shown around the facility in a white coat, flanked by what appear to be senior scientists of the regime.

A rod is then lowered into the cooling pool with Ahmadinejad looking on, a move that could be interpreted as a message of defiance to the west and the sanctions imposed following last year’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report that concluded that Iran was fixated on producing a nuclear bomb.

“We began enriching uranium to 20% in order to make fuel rods because Western countries are not ready to help us,” said deputy head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Baqeri, according to a student news agency and Reuters.

“For the first time, fuel rods produced by Iranian scientists will be installed in the presence of the Islamic Republic’s president in Tehran’s research reactor.”

Iran says it has made the 20% enriched uranium because it wanted to make isotopes to treat cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

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