Iran to conduct studies for nuclear fusion reactor

July 21, 2010 16:53

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's nuclear agency said Wednesday that it will conduct scientific studies for the construction of an experimental nuclear fusion reactor, an engineering challenge that no nation has yet overcome.

Iran is not known to have carried out anything but basic fusion research, and any advancement in a technology that is cleaner than existing nuclear power plants would be a significant achievement for an atomic program watched with concern by the US and other world powers.The official IRNA news agency said the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran will hold a ceremony Saturday to begin the research.

The US and some of its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop a nuclear weapons capability. Iran denies the accusation.

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