Iran Set To Reveal Nuclear Projects
The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) report did not make clear what types of projectes are involved. Independent news sites familiar with the developments said the reveal will likely include a formal introduction of the Fordo uranium enrichment site, said CBS. The fully operational, underground site would launch two lines of centrifuge in central Iran.
Russia's RIA news agency quoted Ali Begheri, deputy secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, as saying, "Fuel elements, for the first time created by Iranian scientists, will in the presence of the president…be loaded into the Tehran research reactor."
The announcement appears to speak out against the Western sanctions imposed on Iran, put in place to deter the country's nuclear program, said the New York Times. Iran denies accusations from the United States, Europe and Israel that point to the program as a cover for the development of nuclear weapons.
According to Reuters, Iran said the uranium refinements are linked to a network of nuclear power plants. The Tehran reactor site, specifically, is responsible for making medical isotopes to treat cancer patients.
An increase in uranium fissile purity alarmed the West in 2010 when it spiked to 20 percent purity. The increased level is closer to the amount required to fuel nuclear weapons than a power plant.
Iran's nuclear program ambitions and upcoming announcement has heightened tension with Israel. Israel has indicated a pre-emptive military strike on Iran's nuclear plants might be in the future, said the New York Times.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear safeguard, had no immediate comment on the announcement, said CBS.
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