Iranians Retain Plutonium Plan in Nuclear Deal - NY Times
The EU "agreement" leaves Iran free to pursue its plutonium weapons program. To produce plutonium Iran needs a heavy water reactor and plutonium is the preferred method used to create a compact nuclear warhead.
Iran is constructing such a plant at Arak where they are developing a 40-megawatt reactor.
"This is an obvious omission," James R. Schlesinger, a former energy secretary and secretary of defense, said in an interview. "A heavy water reactor of 40 megawatts is likely to have one significant purpose - the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons. ...Time is running out.
Gary Milhollin, director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, a Washington research group that tracks atomic materials, noted that heavy water reactors in Israel, India and Pakistan all made plutonium for nuclear warheads.
"If you look around the world at heavy water reactors of this size, virtually all of them have been used to make bombs," Mr. Milhollin said. "It doesn't make sense," he said of the accord. "You're cutting off one path to the bomb but leaving another open." more
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