Iran takes key step in nuclear reactor construction

Iran takes key step in reactor construction

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    ​(CNN) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was on hand Sunday as officials at a nuclear plant took a critical step toward completing a reactor, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported.

     

    Workers installed two containers on the reactor at the Arak heavy water facility in central Iran, Fars said. It quoted the head of Iran's nuclear agency as saying he thought the reactor will be able to help produce medicine in 2014.
     
    "We hope that we can go through the relevant phases and carry out the necessary tests to make sure of the proper operation of this reactor and start its full launch next year," Fereidoun Abbasi said.
     
    Some believe Iran's nuclear program is designed to produce weapons, while Iran says it only has peaceful intentions.