Iran planning more powerful nuclear research reactor

TEHERAN, Iran — Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that his country was designing a new atomic research reactor in another snub of international efforts to curb the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions.
State TV's website quoted Salehi as saying that the new reactor would be more powerful than the aging, 5-megawatt US-made research reactor operating in Teheran that is used to make radioactive isotopes for medical purposes. He says Iran eventually plans to build four such reactors.
Iran's first energy-producing reactor is scheduled to begin operations this summer.
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