"US opposition to Russian construction of Bushehr rests on three issues; first that weapons grade plutonium could be extracted from the reactor allowing the Iranians to construct nuclear weapons.
"Secondly, the US fears that the Russians and the Iranians are using Bushehr as a cover for the transfer of other sensitive technology that would normally be prohibited."
What about that?
"Finally, the US is concerned that the knowledge gained by Iranian scientists working at Bushehr could further Iran's nuclear weapons program."
Expertise from Bushehr goes to Arak.
I think I believe the US govenrmtn over your article, which is not even about Bushehr. Your article is based on the DPRK and not on Bushehr, mine is on Iran. Mine obviously takes precedence, as it refers to the specific reactor in question. Arak is based heavily on Russian and Chinese tech, they are using the tech provided by those countries. Obviously, since they have Russian and Chinese tech, they will use it. Bushehr is considered dangerous, that US is worried about it is a fact, the whole point of the article. Bushehr is dangerous, or else why would a security organization write articles on it, and the US be worried by it? Look at those three points. Plus Bushehr, is only one part of Russia's massive support to Iran. Russia is Iran ally, openly, you cannot deny that. Russia is the key to Iran nukes.
posted on 10/03/2006 4:36:44 PM PDT
Firstly, the reactor the Russians sold the Iranians is a light water reactor, exactly the same type the US gave to North Korea. That is why the article applies.
Secondly, the US and the EU
have BOTH agreed Iran can have the light water reactor, but enriching the fuel is the problem. Indeed, the EU even agreed as an incentive to give the Iranians another light water reactor if they would agree to dismantle the heavy water reactor at Arak.
Thirdly, the US has accepted the proposal that Iran can have the light water reactor if the fuel is enriched in Russia.
Fourthly, with respect, I believe the US government over someone who obviously has not researched the subject, and doesn't have a clue what he is discussing.
Finally, Russia is not an ally of Iran or the US. The issue with Russia is money.
Iran President ridicules European Nuclear Offer
The European powers are currently drawing up a package of trade and technological incentives they hope will coax Iran into voluntarily curbing its atomic ambitions.
Under the draft deal, Russia would enrich uranium on Iran's behalf, diplomats say.
The offer -- which could include helping Iran acquire a light-water nuclear reactor -- was to have been reviewed Friday in London by the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany, but this meeting has been postponed.
BTW, the US approved the European offer.
posted on 10/03/2006 8:04:00 PM PDT
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