Iran to build 20 new nuke plants? - Parliament studying plan, rejects U.S. concerns fuel meant for bombs (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) By Aaron Klein 02/01/05 1:00 a.m. Eastern)
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Iran´s Parliament is currently studying proposals on the construction
of 20 new nuclear power plants and rejects American and European
concerns Tehran is secretly building a nuclear arsenal, said a
National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Aladdin
Borujerdi told an Iranian news agency his committee is looking into
proposals that he claims were offered to Iran before Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Khamenei took power during the lslamic Revolution in 1979.
He said at the time Iran had several agreements with European
contractors to build 23 reactors and that those agreements are still
Borujerdi sidelined American and EU charges that Iran is seeking to
obtain fuel to construct nuclear bombs, claiming the irradiated
material his country is seeking is needed for 20 new "peaceful"
nuclear plants Tehran may construct. Iran has said it needs nuclear
fuel for "civilian energy purposes."
In talks last month with Britain, Germany and France, European
leaders told Iranian leaders the country´s plan to obtain nuclear
fuel is not economically justifiable and is unnecessary for the
current number of nuclear facilities Iran maintains.
Borujerdi said he would agree with the EU assessment if Iran only had
one or two reactors, but since he says the country now requires
several more plants, nuclear fuel is essential to develop the
capacity to make the proposed plants fully functional.
Borjurdi also said Parliament will hold a special session next week
in hopes of approving a bill requiring the country to forge ahead
with its plans to obtain access to nuclear technology, which he said
is Iran´s "inalienable right" according to the Nuclear Non-
Iran is a signatory of the NPT and has obligated itself to random
inspections supervised by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The
treaty allows Iran to produce nuclear material as long as it can
plausibly claim the production is for "peaceful purposes."
Experts warn Iran can build the infrastructure needed to construct
nuclear weapons while telling inspectors they need material
for "energy and nuclear medicine research," and later kick out the
inspectors, renounce the treaty and quickly assemble a nuclear
arsenal, as did North Korea, which is now said to have ten nuclear
The U.S. has been holding talks with Russia, the main provider of
Iranian nuclear technology, in hopes of reducing Russian help to
Iran, which it accuses of developing a secret nuclear weapons
Sources say Russia has embarked on a government-sponsored nuclear and
missile technology transfer program that could provide Iran with the
ability to produce nuclear bombs in one to three years. They say
Russia is contemplating providing Tehran with rods that are able to
enrich uranium, a deal that was first reported last September.
Earlier this month, Russia reportedly installed a mobile radar system
to protect Iran´s Russian-built Bushehr nuclear reactor, and similar
systems allegedly are in the works for other Iranian nuclear
facilities, including a facility in central Iran. The portable units
are designed to detect low, medium and high altitude incoming
missiles, and would complicate any attack on Iran´s nuclear
Sources told WND operators of the Beshehr plant arrived earlier this
month at a nuclear training center in Novovoronezh, Russia, where
they have been receiving instruction on facility operation. (© 2005
WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 02/01/05)
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