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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Iran Starts Building New Nuclear Plant - Diplomats

Reuters Report: Iran Starts Building New Nuclear Plant - Diplomats
By Louis Charbonneau

Excerpt: VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has started building a research reactor that could eventually produce enough plutonium for one bomb per year, ignoring calls to scrap the project, diplomats close to the United Nations said on Thursday.

"Iran has laid the foundations for the research reactor at Arak," a Western diplomat close to the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

In September, the IAEA board of governors passed a resolution calling on Iran "as a further confidence-building measure, voluntarily to reconsider its decision to start construction of a research reactor modified by heavy water."

Heavy-water reactors can be used to produce significant amounts of bomb-grade plutonium, which can then be extracted from the spent fuel.

Iran also says it wants to break U.N. seals and test "essential" parts for machines for nuclear work, diplomats said. They said this showed Iran's freeze on activity which could produce atomic weapons would be short-lived.

The Western diplomats, who are close to talks between Iran and the European Union's "big three" -- France, Britain and Germany -- said the Iranians had made this request despite the EU's insistence that it keep its promise to refrain from any and all activities linked to uranium enrichment.

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Hard Comment: Like I said last week, and will say this week, if there is going to be any military attack against Iran to neutralize their Nuclear Project, it has to be done before they are up and running. So, its like, Now or Never.


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