Iran produces uranium separation device

Iran said it has produced equipment for separating uranium from its ore, a fresh development in Tehran's drive to control the nuclear-fuel cycled from mining uranium to enriching it for use in atomic reactors, state television reported Sunday. The broadcast claimed the "settler-mixer" was a device capable of separating uranium from its ore and said it was greatly effective for producing uranium," quoting Amir Hossein Farhadi, a researcher for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization. "Foreign countries were not ready to sell it to Iran since it could be applicable in the (nuclear-fuel) cycle," Farhadi was quoted as saying.