Iran Restarts Nuclear Development

Breaking News On Monday, Iran restarted nuclear testing and research. This comes at the chagrin of the United States and Europe, who wish to suppress nuclear research in the light of the possible nuclear weapons threat. Iran's nuclear reactor is being built in the mountains of Khondab, near Arak. It is ringed with antiaircraft weapons and may contain an undergroud plant. Iranian officials say that the operation is for peaceful energy purposes only, but the European Union and U.S. officials aren't sure. "We have developed this capability. The heavy-water project today is a reality,'' Gholamreza Aghazadeh, vice president of Iran, said yesterday. The heavy-water project is a type of nuclear reactor that, if built correctly, could yield enough high-grade plutonium for one massive nuclear weapon per year. Requests by EU and US officials to use a light-water method less capable of nuclear disaster have fallen on deaf ears. "This knowledge belongs to Iran. Nobody can take it from us. As they (Europeans) see Iran's determination, they will be forced to show flexibility and accept it," said vice president Aghazadeh. Completion of the plant should come by mid-2009 if everything goes as planned. To read the full story, click here. In Him, D3

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