Sunday, September 18, 2011

On Iran's Bushehr reactor: How big of a concern is it?

This past month, on September 3rd, Iran's first nuclear power plant, the Bushehr nuclear power plant, was connected to the power grid 36 years after its construction began. Delayed by the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the Iran-Iraq war, technical and financial problems, and foreign sanctions, the reactor has been a hot-button issue between the U.S. and Iran and has also increased tensions between the U.S. and Russia due to Russia's support of the project.

Below is a link to an article by Suzanne Maloney, who has served as an advisor to the U.S State Department during both the Bush and Obama administrations. She questions whether the Bushehr reactor may not be as big of a concern as it first appears given the limited utility of the light-water reactor towards a nuclear weapons program.

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