Olli Heinonen on Iran’s first uranium fuel rod

Iran’s first nuclear fuel rod and what it means
The Guardian, Julian Borger’s Global Security blog
January 5, 2012
Commentary guest post by: Olli Heinonen, Belfer Center senior fellow
Topic: Iran’s first uranium fuel rod

“In the past few days, at a time of high tension in the Gulf, Iran
announced that it had produced and tested its first fuel rod at the Tehran Research Reactor. It also claimed to have mastered the
production of nuclear plates.

My understanding is that what is being tested at the TRR is a rod designed to be used at the heavy water reactor under construction in Arak. Making assemblies of plates of the kind required to fuel the TRR itself is still some way off.”

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