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Major Powers Split On Iran Resolution


http://gdb.rferl.org/1831F691-F84A-46F5-8C52-714F9D9FC581_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/1831F691-F84A-46F5-8C52-714F9D9FC581_mw800_mh600.jpg A control panel at the Bushehr nuclear power plant (file photo) (Fars) October 24, 2006 -- Reports from the United Nations quote diplomats as saying major world powers remain split over details of a draft Security Council resolution that would contain measures to punish Iran over its nuclear program.


The Reuters news agency reports that Russia's construction of a nuclear reactor at Bushehr in Iran appears to have become a stumbling block in the negotiations, with the United States and some European countries arguing Russia should halt work on the project.


No official confirmation was available.


(Reuters, AFP, dpa)

Talking Technical

A control panel at the Bushehr nuclear power plant (Fars)

CASCADES AND CENTRIFUGES: Experts and pundits alike continue to debate the goals and status of Iran's nuclear program. It remains unclear whether the program is, as Tehran insists, a purely peaceful enegy project or, as the United States claims, part of an effort to acquire nuclear weapons.
On June 7, 2006, RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknagel spoke with nuclear expert Shannon Kile of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in Sweden to help sort through some of the technical issues involved. "[Natanz] will be quite a large plant," Kile said. "There will be about 50,000 centrifuges and how much enriched uranium that can produce [is] hard to say because the efficiency of the centrifuges is not really known yet. But it would clearly be enough to be able to produce enough [highly-enriched uranium] for a nuclear weapon in fairly short order, if that's the route that they chose to go...." (more)


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