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Iran's advances in nuclear technology spark new concerns about weapons
   

VIENNA -- Iran is poised to make a significant leap in its ability to enrich uranium, with more sophisticated centrifuge technology that is being assembled in secret to advance the country's nuclear efforts, according to U.S. and European intelligence officials and diplomats.
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Iran's apparent gains in centrifuge technology have heightened concerns that the government is working clandestinely on a uranium-enrichment plant capable of producing more nuclear fuel at a much faster pace, the officials said.

U.N. nuclear monitors have not been allowed to examine the new centrifuge, which Iranian officials briefly put on display at a news conference last month. But an expert group's analysis of the machine -- based on photos -- suggests that it could be up to five times as productive as the balky centrifuges Iran currently uses to enrich uranium.

Assuming the country has so far produced only prototypes of the centrifuge, it will probably take two years, or more, for Iran to assemble enough machines to make sufficient enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon. After that, though, Iran would be in a position to ramp up production dramatically, depending on how many machines it decides to install.

Using its existing centrifuges, Iran has made more than two tons of low-enriched uranium, an amount that officials say could be further enriched to produce enough weapons-grade material for a single nuclear bomb, even as the government insists that its nuclear program is exclusively for energy production.

Iran's progress on a new centrifuge coincides with a marked decline in activity at its two known uranium-enrichment plants, sources said, spurring speculation that it plans to use the machine at a still-unknown facility.
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One of the known plants, a small, heavily fortified facility built in a mountain tunnel near the city of Qom, has been all but idle in recent months. Construction has slowed to a near halt in the weeks since the facility was publicly revealed in September, according to two Europe-based diplomats privy to intelligence reports about the site.

"They seem to have lost interest in Qom since its discovery," said the diplomat, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence about Iran's nuclear program. "It makes us wonder if they're thinking about a new site."

A second diplomat confirmed that inspectors had seen a sharp drop-off in activity at Qom, prompting questions about the whereabouts of scores of highly trained scientists and workers seen there during visits six months ago. "They do not have enough trained people to work in multiple places," the official said.

Iran's largest enrichment facility, an underground complex near the city of Natanz, also appears to have stalled. Originally built to house 50,000 first-generation centrifuges known as IR1s, Natanz had only about 3,800 functioning machines when U.N. inspectors visited in late January, compared with nearly 5,000 working IR1s the previous spring.

In uranium enrichment, centrifuges spin a gasified form of uranium at supersonic speeds to create the enriched fuel used in commercial nuclear power plants, as well as in nuclear weapons.

The IR1 centrifuge used at Natanz is based on a 1950s Dutch design that Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan stole and sold to the Iranians. The machine is prone to crashing, and it was quickly abandoned by other countries that used it.

The new machine displayed by Iran leaps ahead by at least two generations, according to diplomatic sources and nuclear experts. One diplomat said the machine on display was "probably an IR5," adding that the U.N. officials do not know how Iran developed the centrifuge or who might have provided assistance.
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An analysis by the nonprofit Institute for Science and International Security concluded that the new machine is made of rare, hard-to-make metals such as carbon fiber and has been substantially redesigned to increase efficiency. Although Iran has offered no test data, the machine appears "theoretically capable" of producing enriched uranium at a rate five times as fast as the IR1, the Washington-based nuclear research group said.

David Albright, president of ISIS and co-author of the analysis, said it is legitimate to suspect that a centrifuge plant is under construction, though it is unclear where Iran would acquire the uranium feedstock to use in such a facility. After being forced to acknowledge the existence of the Qom site, Iran may well have decided to start another enrichment plant to keep its nuclear options open, he said.

"The logic is that, if a site is discovered, start building another one or two," Albright said.

Iran has a limited amount of natural uranium, but it has produced uranium hexafluoride, the feedstock for centrifuges, to keep them running for years.

Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's nuclear energy chief, was vague when asked during a CBS interview about new facilities. "We may start -- we probably will start -- another site this year," Salehi said. He added that Iran does not intend to notify the U.N. nuclear agency about the new construction until the facility is nearly ready for operation.
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After being embarrassed publicly by revelations about the secret Qom plant, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted that Iran would soon build 10 enrichment facilities.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/01/AR2010050101689.html?hpid=moreheadlines

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there are a lots of mountain in iran like zagroz start from chahr mahal to border of turky and iraq or kordestan.a lot s of uranium waiting to be discovered.step by step with new tec and iranain young scientist we will prevail   please paytaint   

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Brazil, Turkey: Iran Nuclear Pact Meets UN Demands

   

BRASILIA (Dow Jones)--An accord for exchange of low-grade nuclear fuel reached recently among Iran, Brazil and Turkey satisfies requirements for avoiding United Nations security council sanctions against Iran, the leaders of Brazil and Turkey said Thursday.

Following a meeting in the Brazilian capital, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said security-council members should end resistance to the accord in the interest of promoting a peaceful resolution to a long-running diplomatic conflict.

"All the deadlines and dates are being met," Lula said. "We carried out everything they asked for."

Earlier this month, Brazil and Turkey struck a deal that would allow Iran to swap lightly enriched uranium for more highly enriched supplies. Under the deal, Iran would agree to ship 1,200 kilograms of low-enriched uranium for storage in Turkey and receive fuel rods from 20-percent enriched uranium.

The agreement, while providing low-grade fuel for Iranian medical research, wouldn't prohibit Iran from maintaining its domestic uranium-enrichment program.

The deal was greeted with skepticism, meanwhile, by the U.S. and other nations, which have insisted on the possibility of U.N. economic sanctions against Iran. The proposed sanctions could including a freeze of Iranian assets, travel bans and unannounced inspections of international cargo shipments to and from Iran.

Also speaking on the matter Thursday, Erdogan said the countries rejecting the agreement for the uranium fuel swap were being obstructionist.

"The accord with Tehran was a diplomatic victory and those countries that criticize us are merely envious," Erdogan said.

Both Turkey and Brazil hold temporary seats on the U.N. security council.

The comments from the two emerging-market leaders came after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday highlighted the U.S.'s strong disagreement with Brazil's approach to the matter.

"Certainly we have very serious disagreements with Brazil's diplomacy vis-a-vis Iran," Clinton said at an event in Washington.

U.S. authorities have suggested that Iran is seeking to buy time with the deal in order to develop nuclear weaponry with high-grade enriched uranium.

Speaking at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, United Nations Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called upon the Iranian government to offer clarification on its nuclear plans.

"The United Nations welcomes recent Brazilian and Turkish diplomatic efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program," said the U.N. chief at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro. "But Iran still needs to clarify that its nuclear program is for peaceful and not for military purposes."

Iran's vice president, Ali Akhbar Salehi, head of the country's nuclear program, sent a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency this week requesting that the international community accept the accord in lieu of sanctions.

Alongside the U.S., permanent U.N. security council members Russia, the U.K. and France have expressed skepticism about substituting the Brazilian-Turkish accord for sanctions. The fifth member, China, has said there is still "room for diplomacy" on the Iranian issue. However, U.S. authorities have said they believe China would support sanctions.

A vote for sanctions must be approved by 10 of 15 security-council members.

 

-By Gerald Jeffris, Dow Jones Newswires; (5561) 3335-0832; gerald.jeffris@dowjones.com

(Diana Kinch in Rio de Janeiro and Tom Murphy in Sao Paulo contributed to this article.)

 http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100527-716314.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines

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Iran to Load up Bushehr N. Power Plant with Real Fuel in July

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator announced that the county plans to load real fuel into its first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr in July.
   
Speaking to FNA about the visit by Iranian parliamentarians to the Bushehr nuclear power plant, member of the parliament's (city and village) Councils and Home Security Commission Seyed Mohammad Javad Abtahi described the status quo at the Bushehr plant as "desirable".

"The first circuit 250-bar and the second circuit 110-bar tests as well as the Metal Core Test have all been conducted (successfully)," Abtahi said, adding, "Other tests in relation to the fueling process will be completed by the next 3 weeks."

The lawmaker stressed that the systems have not shown any faulty operation in tests, and stated that with the accomplishment of the tests and given the commitment of the Russian side "the real fuel will be loaded into the main connectors late in Tir (June 22-July 10) and the plant will start its formal operation subsequently.

Earlier on Thursday, an Iranian official announced the plant is scheduled to receive real fuel after the termination of thermal test.

Iran started the Warm Water Test in April 8 concurrent with the National Nuclear Technology Day in which the country celebrated its latest scientific achievements.

In February 2010, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi told FNA that there has just remained a 'Warm Water Test' before the Bushehr power plant could launch operation.

"We will inject fuel into the heart of the reactor after that (final test)," Salehi added at the time.

Noting the latest operations carried out in the plant, Salehi also said that Bushehr has passed an array of tests in the last few months, and pointed out that the Metal Core Test has been the latest test accomplished by the power plant.

Russia has been building the nuclear facility in Iran since 1994. The start-up of the station, originally scheduled to be completed in 1999, has been delayed on several occasions.

Western corporations began the construction of the Bushehr facility in the 1970s. However, following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the Western companies reneged on their commitments and pulled out of the project due to political pressure from Washington.

Iran then turned to Russia to complete the project. In 1992, Tehran and Moscow signed a deal to complete the construction of the nuclear power plant.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8903081589

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New Balad MK Haneen Zuabi, the first woman to be elected to the Knesset as a representative of an Arab party, has welcomed Iran's growing influence on Palestinian affairs and praised Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon as a means of offsetting Israel's regional military edge. Having Israel as the region's sole nuclear power, she said, was "dangerous to the world."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/31/haneen-zuabi-new-arab-isr_n_181164.html

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Iran to launch Bushehr plant in Sept.


Ali-Akbar Salehi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran says the Bushehr nuclear power plant will be launched in September.

Speaking at a Thursday gathering of academic officials in Tehran, Salehi said that nuclear-generated electricity will be available later in the summer despite the West's efforts to undercut Iran's civilian nuclear program, IRNA reported.

Iran, however, has the upper hand now after the introduction of the Tehran Declaration led to the appearance of cracks in the US-brokered consensus for the imposition of new sanctions against the Islamic nation, he told the audience.

"Even if approved in the UN Security Council, a new anti-Iran resolution will be inefficient," he went on to say, adding that Iran's nuclear file will eventually favor the Islamic Republic due to the country's lawful position and strong diplomacy.

"Iran seeks objective guarantees for the swapping of nuclear fuel (with low-enriched uranium) within the framework of the declaration," noted the chief of the AEOI.

He also said that Iran has made significant progress in the discovery and excavation of uranium.

According to the Tehran Declaration, Iran has agreed to send some 1,200 kg of its 3.5 percent enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for a total of 120 kg of 20 percent uranium usable as fuel in Tehran research reactor.

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NAM Supports Iran's Right to Use Peaceful N. Technology

 TEHRAN (FNA)- All members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in a statement underlined their support for Iran's inalianable right to use peaceful nuclear technology.

"Once again 118 NAM members supported the Islamic Republic of Iran's nuclear activities," Iran's representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh reiterated.

He told the Islamic republic news agency that text of the statement, which reveals the NAM support for Iran's peaceful nuclear activities and drafted within 10 days of the Movement's working group session, was adopted by their envoys in their Thursday meeting.

He added that the text once again stresses Iran's undeniable right for peaceful use of nuclear energy, announcing that there should be no restriction in materialization of the rights.

Elsewhere the statement says the IAEA is the only body in charge of addressing the nuclear issue and any political pressure and intervention in the Agency's affairs will degrade its prestige, said the Iranian envoy.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8903150418

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افشاگري شهرام اميري درباره ربوده‌شدنش به دست نيروهاي اطلاعاتي آمريكا و عربستان

خبرگزاري فارس: شهرام اميري كارشناس و محقق دانشگاه صنعتي مالك اشتر كه سال گذشته در مدينه منوره ربوده شده بود، در يك پيام تصويري از ربوده شدنش به دست نيروهاي آمريكا و عربستان پرده برداشت.

به گزارش خبرنگار سياسي خبرگزاري فارس، شهرام اميري كارشناس و محقق دانشگاه صنعتي مالك اشتر كه سال گذشته در مدينه منوره ربوده شده است، در يك پيام تصويري كه در تاريخ سه‌شنبه 17 فروردين 89 مطابق با 5 آوريل 2010 ضبط شده و به روشي خاص به دست دستگاه‌هاي اطلاعاتي جمهوري اسلامي ايران رسيده‌است، به تشريح ربايش و وضعيت كنوني خود پرداخت.
شهرام اميري در اين سند تصويري ارسالي كه شب گذشته از صدا و سيماي جمهوري اسلامي ايران و در بخش خبري پخش شد، با بيان اينكه هم‌اكنون در شهر توسان ايالت آريزوناي آمريكا هستم، مي‌گويد: در تاريخ 13 خرداد 88 در يك عمليات مشترك بين تيم‌هاي ترور و روبايش سازمان اطلاعات آمريكا (CIA) و استخبارات عربستان سعودي در مدينه منوره دزديده شدم. سپس من را به يك خانه در يك جايي نامعلوم در عربستان بردند و در داخل آن به من آمپول بي‌هوشي زدند و وقتي به هوش آمدم در راه انتقال به سمت كشور آمريكا بودم.
وي مي افزايد: در طي 8 ماه كه در آمريكا نگهداري شدم تحت شديدترين شكنجه‌ها و فشارهاي روحي گروه‌هاي بازجويي سازمان اطلاعات آمريكا قرار گرفتم و هدف اصلي آنها از اين فشارها اين بود كه از من مي‌خواستند در يك مصاحبه تلويزيوني با يكي از شبكه‌هاي خبري آمريكا ادعا كنم كه فرد مهمي در برنامه هسته‌اي ايران بوده و به درخواست خودم به آمريكا پناهنده شدم و در اين فرآيند پناهندگي، يك سري مدارك و اسناد مهم را از كشورم به همراه يك لپ‌تاپ كه حاوي اسرار محرمانه برنامه هسته‌اي نظامي ايران است، به آمريكا منتقل كردم.
اين تبعه ربوده شده ايراني خاطر نشان مي‌كند: هدف اصلي از اين قضيه فشار سياسي به جمهوري اسلامي ايران و در واقع محكوم كردن و اثبات دروغ‌هايي است كه آمريكا مدام عليه جمهوري اسلامي ايران مطرح مي‌كند.
اميري همچنين از سازمان‌ها و نهادهايي كه در خصوص مسئله حقوق بشر فعاليت مي‌كنند خواسته است موضوع وي را با جديت پيگيري كنند.
وي ادامه مي دهد: من واقعاً به ناحق از يك كشور ثالث دزديده شده و به آمريكا آورده شده‌ام و درخواستم اين است كه اين سازمان‌ها تمام تلاش و توان خود را براي آزادي من و برگشتم به كشور عزيزم ايران انجام بدهند.
اين تبعه ربوده شده ايراني همچنين در اين پيام تصويري خطاب به خانواده اش مي گويد: از خانواده‌ام مي‌‌خواهم اگر روزي اين سخنراني من را ديدند و صحبت‌هاي آخر من را شنيدند، صبور باشند.
به گزارش فارس، اين فيلم به عنوان سندي منحصربه‌فرد نشان مي دهد كه مجموعه ادعاهاي آمريكا در مورد برنامه هسته اي جمهوري اسلامي ‌ايران، سندسازي بي‌ارزشي بيش نيست.

http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8903180001

Anybody has seen the video. It should be very interesting! Poor guy, he has been kidnapped one year ago.
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I  just saw the video on IRIB

But how did he manage to release the video when he is meant to be under surveillance ?
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اللَّهُمَّ اكْشِفْ هَذِهِ الْغُمَّةَ عَنِ الْأُمَّةِ بِحُضُورِهِ ، وَ عَجِّلْ لَنَا ظُهُورَهُ ، إِنَّهُمْ يَرَوْنَهُ بَعِيداً وَ نَراهُ قَرِيباً ، الْعَجَلَ يَا مَوْلَايَ يَا صَاحِبَ الزَّمَانِ

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Also a newer video, which is supposed to contradict the old one. However, on contrary, it indicates that the first video was real!
Shahram Amiri

An Iranian nuclear related scientist goes to US to get his PhD in the same field and wishes Iran success and wants to come back and US is fine with that! (He seems smart to me, saying some stuff in this video which could not be true showing it is fake)

Notice that the first video was filmed using a web cam by himself. This one though is professionally filmed. Look at the decor and lighting!

Some comments from youtube:

   
33Entertainment (1 hour ago)
This YouTube page is obviously fake, someone has tried to make it look real, but a bit too hard.
Whether it's the US Government or someone/something else, only time will tell.
For the time being, hide the pens. 638J
   
niaashaa (2 hours ago)
they are not contradictory !!!
It is funny that he suddenly decided to go to study in the USA in middle of tripe to United Arab kingdom.
Don't he miss his family especially his child !!!!?
let him back please! do not play with Innocent people life
   
spsyed (3 hours ago)
Why are your statements contradictory?

   
belalez77 (3 hours ago)
این آمریکایی ها یه اعتراف گیری درست هم بلد نیستن؟ این دیگه چیه؟ پخشش نمیکردن واسشون بهتر بود. اگه فقط میگفتن اون ویدیوی ایران قلابیه باز یه چیزی، ولی با این ویدیو آبرو خودشونو کاملا بردن

   
salijazayeri (5 hours ago)
بیچاره بدبخت. آدم دلش براش می‌سوزه. این اعتراف‌گیرهای آمریکایی باید بیاین ایران یک ذره درس یاد بگیرن. آقا این چه طرز اعتراف‌گیریه. تابلوها

   
niaashaa (6 hours ago)
AKHE CHETORI MISHE 1 HO VASAT HAJ TASMIM BE TAHSIL BEGIRE !!!
ADAM ENGHADR DARSKHOON !!!!
BANDE KHODA BACHASH :(

   
senadokht (9 hours ago)
be nazare man in nveshteh englisi bode be farsi tarjomeh shodeh malom nist dar che shrayti ghrar grefte ke mjboran in payamo dadeh to farsi ma man man zyad nmigim vali to englisi zyad migan i i
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Iran Bushehr plant 'ready by Sept.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran says the country's first nuclear power plant will be inaugurated in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr by late September.

Speaking to ISNA on Wednesday, Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Chief Ali Akbar Salehi dismissed the UN Security Council's resolution against Tehran, saying it has no impact on the country's plans for the completion of its Bushehr power plant.

"Issuing resolutions against Iran will not have any effect as we are determined to continue with our plans," Salehi said.

The remarks come as in an earlier interview with ISNA, Salehi said that a total of 3,000 Russian nuclear experts were currently working on the power plant, adding that the final tests for the inauguration of the facility were being conducted with only a two-week delay.

"God willing, the Bushehr power plant will be operational by the end of September," the top Iranian nuclear official stated.

Russia started building the Bushehr nuclear power plant in 1994. The launch of the plant, which was scheduled to take place by the end of 1999, has been delayed several times.



Source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=132766&sectionid=351020104


First it was June, then July, then August and now September!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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a total of 3,000 Russian nuclear experts were currently working

maybe they dont work too fast...ah those lazy russians..hehe


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they keep pushing the date back by a month. damn it this time if they dont keep their word am gonna jump on a plane go to bushehr kick down the door and start kicking some ass!!...... ok so i wont be doing that but you get my point.

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11 July 2010 - 19H52   

20 kilos of 20 pct enriched uranium ready: Iran

AFP - Iran said on Sunday it has produced around 20 kilogrammes of 20 percent enriched uranium, in defiance of the world powers who want Tehran to suspend the controversial nuclear work.

"We have produced around 20 kilogrammes of 20 percent enriched uranium and we are working to produce the (fuel) plates," Iran's atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi told ISNA news agency.

World powers led by Washington want Tehran to suspend its uranium enrichment activity which they suspect masks a nuclear weapons drive, and on June 9 backed a UN Security Council resolution for a fourth set of sanctions on Iran.

Enriched uranium can be used as fuel to power nuclear reactors as well as to make the fissile core of an atom bomb.

Tehran says its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.

On Sunday, Salehi reiterated his previous claim that by September next year Iran will on its own "deliver the fuel for the Tehran research reactor."

He previously said that Iran has acquired the technical know-how to make the actual fuel plates which power the reactor, a claim dismissed by Western powers.

They say that the Islamic republic does not possess the technology required to convert the 20 percent enriched uranium into fuel plates for powering the reactor.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered the refining of uranium to 20 percent after a swap deal, aimed at providing nuclear fuel for the Tehran reactor and drafted by the UN atomic body in October, hit a deadlock.

Brazil and Turkey brokered a counter proposal in Tehran on May 17 under which Iran would send its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in return for research reactor fuel to be supplied later.

But the world powers cold-shouldered that proposal and voted through a fourth set of sanctions, which had the effect of further tightening financial and military restrictions on Tehran.

On Sunday, in a separate report on ISNA, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran was ready to talk with the so-called Vienna group over the fuel swap deal as brokered by Brazil and Turkey.

He said that the Vienna group -- comprising Iran, France, Russia, the UN atomic watchdog and the United States -- "has accepted" the presence of Brazil and Turkey in these talks.

Mottaki added that Iran has two options for getting the fuel -- through the swap deal or by producing it on its own.

"We are ready for whatever they (world powers in the Vienna group) choose," he said.

The Vienna group was formed to work out the fuel swap deal for the Tehran reactor.

Source: http://www.france24.com/en/20100711-20-kilos-20-pct-enriched-uranium-ready-iran
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Iran trying to do a world first as opposed to being in the top group. That's a first.

it's a relatively small investment, though, and they modestly state that it will take decades to complete.

however, it's probably within that time span that other fuels will be phased out.. so they might have enough time

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Iran trying to do a world first as opposed to being in the top group. That's a first.

it's a relatively small investment, though, and they modestly state that it will take decades to complete.

however, it's probably within that time span that other fuels will be phased out.. so they might have enough time


These types of research are limited to few Ph.D. gradates each making around $30-40 K a year. These people will do a feasibility study and put the groundwork and blueprints of the research reactor if it is feasible to build one. If the feasibility study does not meet a hurdle, the next phase of designing the research reactor starts, which will cost way more than 8 million dollars.

Iran with highly educated workforce can make a very limited investment and achieve good results because of the availability of highly educated workforce at reasonable price.

After few feasibility studies more funds will be provided to design and build the research reactor.

I guess the research reactor will cost more than 100 million to build and the final reactor will be at least a few billion dollars investment if the research reactor functions as expected.
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"an initial budget of $8 million" means there will be more. This is perhaps for the first phase.

Iran studies building nuclear fusion reactor
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Eight million dollars spent in Iran goes way further than the same money spent in the West.

So an eight million dollar budget already allocated to this project, in terms of real terms, is no less
than hundred million dollars or even more.

A simple calculation would make this easy to understand. Fifty researchers take an assumed salary of roughly $1000/month per researcher that is  $600,000.00 per year in Iran. But in the US, say an average salary of $45000.00 per researcher would at least be $2250000.00. This is already four times what Iran spends on the salary per year. 

Therefore, the fifty million is in actuality equivalent to two hundred million dollars budget in the US!


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I know I post news about Iran Nuclear Fusion, but where I do not know.
anyway here is the video talking about it:
Iran Nuclear Fusion knowledge route
  

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