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Ahmadinejad unveils nuclear projects

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility, 322 km south of the capital Tehran. File photo
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility, 322 km south of the capital Tehran. File photo

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday inaugurated three new nuclear projects, in a ceremony that was broadcast live on state television network IRIB.

At the Iranian Atomic Organisation in Tehran, Mr. Ahmadinejad witnessed the insertion of Iran’s first home-made nuclear fuel rods into a medical reactor.

The President then opened, via a video-conference link-up, two other projects in the Natanz plant in central Iran.

The plant there will now be able to enrich uranium to 20 per cent and will also use of a new type of centrifuge, capable of a far higher enrichment speed than previous models.

Also present at the ceremony in Tehran were Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi and nuclear chief Mohammad Abbasi.

The IRIB report did not mention the opening of the new enrichment site of Fordo in Qom province, which had been expected to be among the projects opened by the President.

The facility, about 160 km south of Tehran, is capable of enriching uranium to levels of 3.5, 4 and 20 per cent.

The Tehran reactor was established in 1967 and equipped with a 5-megawatt pool-type. The fuel for this reactor was initially provided by Argentina, but this stopped a few years ago.

The fuel for was then supposed to be provided by Russia and France but a deal struck in October 2009 failed, and Iran began making the fuel itself, by first enriching uranium to 20 per cent and then turning it into fuel rods.

Enriched uranium is a critical component for both civil nuclear power generation and atomic weapons.

The new projects showed that Iran would not be intimidated by international threats over its nuclear programme, and would continue with its technological advances, ISNA news agency commented.

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Iran did initially get the centrifuges from Pakistan but Iranian technology is now far ahead of Pakistan's. Iranians are technologically a much more capable nation. Per capita Iran produces more automobiles than United States or China. Iran's per capita auto production is nearly 20 times more than Pakistan and about 8 times more than India.

from:  Tipu Qaimkhani
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 20:02 IST

You are the one among some who can save our lovable world from the home
of imperialism U.S.A & his associates.our country leader should take
lession from U how to construct a country without giving importance 1st
world evil countries & implement independent foreign policy.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 15:23 IST

Whatever Iran could achieve is mainly due to the clandestine technology provided by Pakistan's A Q Khan's network.It will be very difficult for Iran to consistently operate and maintain the Centrifuge Plants due to embargo and alert nuclear watchdog. Mere show of Centrifuge Cascade is nly meant for domestic audience.Indian media is unnecessarily hyping the news.The Hindu giving front page coverage to the news is not worth,

from:  B.Krishnakaumar
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 12:01 IST

I understand the need for energy. Why not go for other kinds too. Iraq
had convictions to look where it is now. I don't want people in Iran to
starve to death! I have friends in Iran so this is a emotional thing for
me as well!

from:  Charles Names
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 10:54 IST

I agree that, its a great deal to produce nuclear power with own ability. But here Iran acts like an scarecrow. Its keeps fire in his pocket and says dont come to me,or else I will burn you.

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 10:08 IST

Great nations cannot force another nation from not becoming nuclear power. They should win them over to their views by being friendly with them. Iran has equal right to develop nuclear weapons as any other country. In fact greater nations should give up nuclear weapons and become examples first and then teach other nations from taking the nuclear route. This sure gives sleepless nights to Israel & it's ally US.

from:  K Stephen Daniel
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 09:52 IST

He had done it even though others put so much pressure on him. GREAT WORK KEEP IT UP, MAKE MORE FORWARD EFFORTS...

from:  Mohamed Shafi
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 09:22 IST

great guys, in spite of many sanctions and restrictions Iran with 8 cr population developed its own technology. But INDIA with 100 cr population and under the hands of so called rubber stamp is begging west for technology. Atleast now stop corruption and learn from IRAN in terms of research and development.

from:  Naveen
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 06:48 IST

Iran has embarked on a dangerous mission with utter disregard to the advices of world community as if it is an authority on nuclear technology. From Japanese recent mishap, one can infer that any lapse in nuclear technology may lead to elimination of this dynamic state from the face of earth, beware!

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 06:46 IST

every nation have the right to self determination....

from:  Murugan
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 06:40 IST

I must say its commendable that Iran achieved this much by its own without any sort of support from global nuclear powers since 1970's. Those who want solely to control the power forgot one thing that power by its nature is unequal and is desired by all.Its like history is repeating itself, i remember when the same thing happened with our country India, when we were striving for nuclear power and the same global nuclear powers opposed us and inflicted sanctions on us and forced us to survive in isolation.These powers did their best to stop us however we not only succeeded against all such harsh acts but on top of that we also came up with flying colors in all the sphere of development. And thus now each and everyone acknowledge us. Same thing is with Iran and that's why not only our own country India supports it but also other countries like Russia, China,Turkey, Pakistan etc. We must not forget one thing that each and every country deserve to prosper.I am with my govt. in this regard.

from:  utkal kumar yadav
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 01:30 IST

Well, there is an IAEA team there. Let them submit their report. If it turns that the atomic weapon fear is misplaced, then the crisis is over. If not, Israel should move to bomb the nuclear installations immediately.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 00:13 IST

I wonder what Iran's supporter have to say now. This development give strenght to the West's apprehensions that Iran's nuclear programme is not for peaceful purpose as it claims. This is not a good development. Also the bombings in Georgia, India and Thailand are not without significance. While India's dilemma is understandable, however, It has to make up its mind which way it will go. Conflict is round the corner.

from:  Rohit
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 22:26 IST

Taking into account that no country stands to benefit from a conflict of potentially apocalyptic proportions (except for the military-industrial complex, those always get to profit from death and destruction), I'd say this is just another ploy from Israel to obtain yet more from its American sugar daddy. Netanyahu knows that, should Israel strike before the coming US presidential elections, it would put Obama in a pretty tight spot. Joining its rogue protege into battle would have catastrophic consequences for the US, but not doing so would almost assuredly mean goodbye to the White House. An attack on Iran would certainly have devastating consequences for Israel as well, but merely dangling this possibility before Obama's eyes would be enough to get whatever it wants.

from:  Ryan
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 22:21 IST

Good. Countries and people must understand that there is no way one can stop other's development. We indians went through the same sanctions in the past and we still managed to survive. Its naive to think that iran can be stopped with sanctions and war.

from:  John
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 22:19 IST

Iranian conviction will put India on the horns of dilemma in the days to come.

from:  Mahesh Mahadarshee
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 21:33 IST

This is no surprise at all. Iran has several highly competent and skilled scientists and engineers with doctorate degrees from top Universities in US and Europe.

from:  P M Vishwanath
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 21:32 IST

smart guys! why depend on russia and france if you can make the fuel yourself? way to go Ahmedajinad -- don't cow down to pressure.

from:  balaji
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 21:16 IST

Great job done and keep going on...Great determination....

from:  Rehan
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 21:06 IST

Hats off to this great man.

from:  Roeas
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 20:35 IST
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