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Locally-built fuel rods placed in research reactor

Iran put its first home-built nuclear fuel rods into a research reactor in Tehran on 15 February, Ali Bagheri, the country’s deputy nuclear negotiator, has said, reports the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA).

“We have started enriching uranium to 20 percent to build nuclear fuel rods since western countries are reluctant to provide us with assistance. The rods are the first ones produced by Iranian scientists and they will be placed into Tehran research reactor in presence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday,” he is reported as telling the Russian Ria Novosti news agency.

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