When operating optimally, the reactor at Arak will produce about 9 kilograms of plutonium annually, or enough for about two nuclear weapons each year, should Iran choose to separate plutonium from the reactor's irradiated fuel. Furthermore, Part 1contains a tour of the Saghand uranium mine and the narration would lead the viewer to think that the Saghand mine is operational, but it is not.
Also in Part 1 is a description of the Aradakan Yellow Cake Production Plant that implies that the facility is nearing completion, if not already operational. In reality, the facility is still under construction, and recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that little progress has been made over the last four years.
Iran's nuclear power fuel cycle extends from uranium mining, milling and processing, to conversion into uranium hexafluoride, to enrichment and fuel fabrication. There are currently no operational nuclear power reactors in Iran though the Bushehr reactor is close to operational.
A diagram here illustrates Iran's nuclear power fuel cycle. This diagram illustrates the fuel cycle and steps needed to produce fuel for a nuclear weapon.
Iran's fuel cycle is safeguarded by the IAEA and is currently not configured to produce weapons-usable fuel or high enriched uranium HEU. PART I.
Under the deal, Iran was not supposed to enrich uranium at the site until Get a roundtrip of the most important and intriguing national stories delivered to your inbox ever weekday. Want to discuss?
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