Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Iran's Bushehr Plant Now Operational

The Iranians are saying that Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant is now fully operational.

According to an interview with Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Saleh on Iran's state-run Press TV, the plant has successfully reached criticality, a term used to describe the point in a nuclear reaction when the fissile material is self-sustaining.

"This stage lasts for two months. We hope the plant will gain some 40 percent of its power within the next one or two months," Salehi added.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov had said last week that the Bushehr plant would be fully operational 'within a few weeks.'

Bushehr is the most public Iranian nuclear facilities, and the Iranians have a number of other clandestine sites under wraps, like their heavy water reactor at Arak. A heavy water reactor, by the way, has has no real peaceful application.

In a separate item, the Iranians are simply denying the contents of a UN report that says that Iran and North Korea have regularly been exchanging ballistic missile and nuclear technology.

Of course, you read about this here on Joshuapundit first, about three years ago.

Needless to say, I doubt the UN is going to be doing anything about yet another blatant violation of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Iran signed.

As for our president, I hope someone manages to interrupt his golf game to tell him that these developments are a bit more of concern to the United States than killing Osama bin-Laden and stealing his pornography stash.

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