Final Step in Nuclear Fuel Production Cycle
The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today oversaw the insertion of the first Iranian domestically made fuel rod into a research reactor in Tehran. Meanwhile, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran announced that the new generation of also domestically made high-speed centrifuges have been installed and have gone into operation at Natanz uranium enrichment plant in central Iran [IRNA and Fars News Agency, 15 February].
The manufacturing of nuclear fuel rod is reportedly the final step in the entire cycle of nuclear fuel, from extracting uranium ore to producing the finished rods.
Today's events represent major progress in the development of the country’s nuclear technology. Iran insists its nuclear program is for civilian use only, while the Western powers suspect it is aimed at producing nuclear weapons.