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Old 08-23-2011, 03:24 PM
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Default Re: Iran and what is up there.

Iran allows a look into one of it's sites of advanced centrifuges & heavy water.


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APNewsBreak: Iran shows UN advanced nuke equipment

By GEORGE JAHN - Associated Press | AP 48 mins ago. 23 Aug. 2011

VIENNA (AP) Iran has allowed a top U.N. atomic inspector access to a site where it is developing advanced centrifuges that can be used to make nuclear fuel and to arm warheads, diplomats told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The diplomats said that Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts of the International Atomic Energy Agency also was allowed to tour Iran's heavy water production plant for the first time. Heavy water reactors like the research unit being built by Iran produce plutonium which, along with enriched uranium, can be used for the fissile core of nuclear warheads.

A senior diplomat familiar with the visit described the Iranian move as significant in demonstrating openness after years of stonewalling IAEA requests for greater access to restricted nuclear activities.

Iran is under four sets of U.N. Security Council sanctions because it refuses to suspend both enrichment and its heavy water reactor program. Therefore any sign that it is ready to open a larger window is likely to blunt U.S.-led efforts to increase pressure on the Islamic Republic for defying the Security Council.

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