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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Iran delays startup of Arak nuke reactor

Iran delays startup of Arak nuke reactor
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Arab News - 18 November, 2012
http://gitm.kcorp.net/index.php?id=622611&news_type=Top&lang=en

Iran has postponed until 2014 the planned startup of a research reactor
which Western experts say could potentially offer the Islamic Republic a
second route to produce material for a nuclear bomb, a UN report showed.

Tehran has continued to install cooling and moderator circuit piping in the
heavy water plant near the town of Arak. Nuclear analysts say this type of
reactor could yield plutonium for nuclear arms if the spent fuel is
reprocessed, something Iran has said it has no intention of doing.

But the country has now delayed the planned timetable for bringing Arak on
line by about half a year from the third quarter of 2013, according to the
latest UN information in a confidential report submitted to member states
late on Friday.

“Iran stated that the operation of the IR-40 reactor was now expected to
commence in the first quarter of 2014,” the IAEA report said.

The Arms Control Association, a Washington-based research and advocacy
group, said it was questionable whether Iran would be able to meet the new
target date as well, in view of “significant delays and impeded access to
necessary materials” because of international sanctions imposed on Iran.

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