Iran: Studying to build nuclear fusion reactor

July 24, 2010 12:25


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TEHERAN  — Iran's nuclear agency announced Saturday that its studying to construct an experimental nuclear fusion reactor, something no country has ever built.

Iran is not known to have carried out anything but basic fusion research. Its current nuclear fission program is being watched with concern by the US.

Asghar Sediqzadeh, head of Nuclear Fusion Research Center, told state TV that Iran needs two years to complete the studies and then another 10 years to design and build a reactor.

Nuclear fusion, the process behind the hydrogen bomb, is more powerful than fission but has never been properly harnessed for power generation.

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