Iran's Nuclear 'Plan B': Plutonium
Until now, international powers have been focusing on uranium
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2013 7:46 AM CST
In this Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, file photo, a part of Arak heavy water nuclear facilities is seen, near the central city of Arak, 150 miles southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran.   (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Mehdi Marizad, File)

(Newser) – The Telegraph has details today of what it calls Iran's "Plan B," a second path to creating a nuclear bomb: New satellite images show that Iran has activated its Arak heavy-water production plant; heavy water could eventually power a nuclear reactor that would produce plutonium for bomb-making. Previous nuclear talks with Iran have focused on the country's attempts to enrich uranium, not plutonium. The heavily-guarded Arak facility has barred international inspections for a year and a half, but the images show a telltale cloud of steam.

Currently, Iran doesn't have the technology to reprocess plutonium in order to actually produce a nuclear warhead, but North Korea does have such technology. The new information comes as two days of international nuclear talks with Tehran ended. An EU official says the six international powers made a new offer to Iran, but Iran must deliver "results," the Wall Street Journal reports; further talks in March and April are planned. A US official says the new offer includes easing some sanctions in exchange for Iran ceasing 20% uranium enrichment and other suspect activities. Iran's top official at the talks said they had reached a "turning point" for the better, the AP reports. He called the talks "positive" and noted that the new offer is a "more realistic" compromise.

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Feb 27, 2013 8:55 AM CST
The very moment that Israel finds out that Iran HAS the capability to produce a bomb... A bomb will go off in Iran. We know this to be true & there is no stopping it. Israel has the BEST SPY agency in the world (even in a country they are loathed in). They still find people (Iranian citizens) to help them.
Feb 27, 2013 8:44 AM CST
The only real ally we have in that region is Israel. The only real threat to Irans plans of regional domination and the extermination of the people of Israel is Israel. Let Israel strike now before the Iranians can respond with a nuclear bomb. Better to fight a conventional war with those fanatics than to wait until they can respond with Armageddon. The other major powers in the region are just as worried of Iran. We gave Iran the benefit of the doubt. They have demonstrated their treachery and true intentions.
Feb 27, 2013 8:38 AM CST
In the past, I said "Don't worry". Now: start worrying. Plutonium is really good for one thing only: The Bomb.