Iran: October 13, 2003


reluctance to kill large numbers of those who oppose them. 


The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) has been allowed to inspect one of the closed, and largely secret, Iranian nuclear research locations. IAEA wants to inspect them all, but the Iranians are resisting. Russia has also agreed to demand that spent nuclear fuel be returned to Russia. Spent nuclear fuel can otherwise be converted to nuclear material for nuclear bombs. But Iran continues to defy the IAEA and is enriching nuclear material to provide fuel for a nuclear power plant, or nuclear cores for nuclear weapons. Iran insists it is not building nuclear weapons, but refuses to buy all its nuclear power plant fuel from Russia rather than processing it in Iran. It would be cheaper to buy the fuel from Russia, and the only reason for making it in Iran would be to also have the capability to create components for




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