#AceWorldNews – IRAN – Nov.20 – Tehran sees “no more room” for negotiations on the design of its Arak reactor, AFP reported, citing Iran’s nuclear chief.

Arak Nuclear Reactor'

Arak Nuclear Reactor’

On Arak, we have said we were ready to design it so that the concerns are lifted,” Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted Thursday as saying.

This matter is settled to some extent on the technical aspect and there is no more room for further negotiations.”

The West fears the heavy water reactor could provide Iran with weapons-grade plutonium, while Iran says it is solely for research purposes.


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` Japan to Transfer a Share of the `Highly Enriched Uranium ‘ and `Weapon’s Grade Plutonium ‘ to the US ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – March 24 – Japan agreed to transfer a share of its highly enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium stockpiles to the US as part of the global effort to secure nuclear materials.

Other nations are also urged to deposit excess nuclear materials in the US.

On the eve of the two-day Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, US and Japanese leaders arranged a deal on “final disposition” in the US of well over 300 kilograms of weapons grade plutonium and an unspecified quantity of Highly-Enriched-Uranium (HEU) that will be “sent to a secure facility and fully converted into less sensitive forms.”

This quantity of Plutonium is enough to produce 40-50 warheads.
The total quantity of HEU currently stocked in Japan is estimated at approximately 1.2 tons.

According to The New York Times, some 200 kilograms of HEU is currently designated for the US.


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