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WORLD
October 25, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
The powerful speaker of Iran's parliament today derided a Western-backed proposal to transfer the bulk of the country's enriched-uranium stockpile abroad as a trick meant to rob Iran of its nuclear fuel. "My guess is that the Americans have made a secret deal with certain countries to take [low]-enriched uranium away from us under the pretext of providing nuclear fuel," Ali Larijani, who is close to supreme leader Ali Khamenei, told the Iranian Students News Agency. "We hope Iranian officials will pay due attention to this issue."
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NEWS
September 26, 1993 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Energy is studying the possibility of shipping bomb-grade uranium fuel from foreign research nuclear reactors through the Port of Long Beach to government facilities in other states. The study, which includes other U.S. ports as well, is still in the preliminary stages and a final decision on where to import the spent nuclear fuel rods is months away, said Energy Department spokesman Brad Bugger.
SCIENCE
March 18, 2011 | By Ralph Vartabedian, W.J. Hennigan and Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Workers struggling to contain radioactive releases from the Fukushima power plant face two critical tasks to avoid turning a nuclear disaster into a catastrophe: preventing a runaway chain reaction into the nuclear fuel and maintaining a massive flow of seawater through the damaged pools and reactor vessels. There are few options, none of them good. "The most imaginative engineers in the world couldn't have dreamed up a situation like this," said Najmedin Meshkati, a USC professor and nuclear power expert.
WORLD
October 24, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
The international community waited anxiously today for Iran's response to a proposal to transfer the bulk of its nuclear material abroad to be turned into fuel for a peaceful medical research and treatment reactor. Earlier in the day, the United States, Russia and France formally signed off on the plan, which would retrofit the bulk of Iran's nuclear fuel stockpile into rods for a Tehran reactor used to diagnose and treat cancer. The U.S. delivered its positive response to the proposal to Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, a spokesman for the National Security Council confirmed this morning.
WORLD
September 15, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
After months of anticipation, the United States, Iran and other world powers on Monday set an Oct. 1 date to meet and potentially discuss Iran's nuclear program, which remains a source of concern to the West and Israel. While the Obama administration has reversed U.S. policy by agreeing to meet on the nuclear issue without preconditions, Iran has all but ruled out talks over halting its production of reactor-grade nuclear fuel, the West's central worry. "We believe that nuclear technology, the nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear energy, is our sovereign right," Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, told reporters in Vienna on Monday.
WORLD
March 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Iran has proposed setting up a nuclear fuel production facility within its borders with international help, the Iranian Embassy said Tuesday. The proposal is an alternative to Russia's offer to play host to Iran's nuclear fuel production to ease concern that Tehran could develop weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for generating electricity.
NEWS
June 27, 1991 | Associated Press
A device that was lowering a nuclear fuel bundle into a pool of water at the Pilgrim plant accidentally dropped its load Wednesday, but no damage was detected, plant officials said. A refueling process that was about two-thirds complete was halted.
WORLD
October 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Iran has launched a second batch of centrifuges at its pilot nuclear fuel plant despite possible U.N. Security Council sanctions, diplomats said. Tehran this month fired up the new cascade of 164 interconnected centrifuges, which can enrich uranium for power-plant or nuclear-bomb fuel, to go with an initial batch of 164 centrifuges, the diplomats said.
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