Report: Iran to build new nuclear research reactors

By REUTERS
April 12, 2011 01:17

 
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TEHRAN - Iran plans to build "four to five" nuclear research reactors and will continue to enrich uranium to provide their fuel, a nuclear official said on Monday despite Western pressure on Tehran to curb atomic work.

The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Fereydoon Abbasi, said Tehran would build the reactors "in the next few years" to produce medical radioisotopes, according to the students news agency ISNA.

"To provide the fuel for these (new) reactors, we need to continue with the 20 percent enrichment of uranium," ISNA quoted him as saying.

Abbasi's remarks are likely to deepen Western fears that Iran's atomic work is aimed at building nuclear weapons.

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