Archive for the ‘centrifuges’ Category

Iran testing advanced centrifuges

February 6, 2008
By Mark Heinrich

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran is testing an advanced centrifuge at its Natanz nuclear complex, diplomats said on Wednesday, a move that could lead to Tehran enriching uranium much faster and gaining the means to build atom bombs.

Iran says it wants nuclear energy only for electricity so it can export more oil. But it is under sanctions for hiding the program until 2003, preventing U.N. inspectors since then from verifying it is wholly peaceful and refusing to suspend it.

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during a ceremony ...
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during a ceremony at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, 350 km (217 miles) south of Tehran, April 9, 2007. Iran is testing an advanced centrifuge at its Natanz nuclear complex, diplomats said on Wednesday, a move that could lead to Tehran enriching uranium much faster and gaining ability to build atom bombs. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

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What A.Q. Khan Knows: How Pakistan’s Proliferator Could Help in Pyongyang

January 31, 2008

 By Selig S. Harrison
The Washington Post
Thursday, January 31, 2008; Page A21

Either Kim Jong Il or Pervez Musharraf is lying about whether Pakistan‘s Dr. Strangelove, Abdul Qadeer Khan, gave centrifuges to North Korea for uranium enrichment. Unless the truth can be established, the hitherto-promising denuclearization negotiations with Pyongyang are likely to collapse.
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Khan has been shielded from foreign interrogators since his arrest three years ago for running a global nuclear Wal-Mart. Musharraf wrote in his memoir, “In the Line of Fire,” that the former czar of Pakistan’s nuclear program provided “nearly two dozen” prototype centrifuges suitable for uranium enrichment experiments to North Korea — a charge flatly denied by Pyongyang.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/30/AR2008013003214.html