Iran Loads Up First Home-Made Nuclear Rods

Posted by Kitara Julian On 1:49 AM
Iran will today load locally made nuclear fuel rods into its Tehran Research Reactor for the first time, a senior official has said.

The loading ceremony will be attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said Iran's deputy nuclear negotiator Ali Baqeri.

"We began enriching uranium to 20% in order to make fuel rods because Western countries are not ready to help us," Baqeri told a Russian news agency in Tehran.

"And 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 on Wednesday," Baqeri was quoted as saying.

Iran has previously argued that the 20% enriched uranium was necessary for its Tehran research reactor to make isotopes for treating cancers.

Western powers and Israel fear the enrichment is a part of Tehran's drive to produce nuclear weapons.

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