April 12, 2009

ISIS video tour of Iran’s nuclear sites

Living up to its steady reputation as the open-source authority for Iran’s nuclear program, ISIS has put obtained this three-part video tour of Iran’s nuclear sites from NBC.  The series was filmed back in 2005 (the translation is ISIS’s), but the footage is still extremely relevant for today.
One caution–according to the website:

It is a promotional video produced by Iran and it contains much propaganda. For instance, the narrator repeats the assertion that the technology underpinning Iran’s nuclear program is indigenous–but much of it was and is procured from outside the country. And when the narrator discusses the Fuel Manufacturing Plant at Esfahan in Part 2 of the video, he only mentions the fuel’s potential use in power reactors for electricity production (like at Bushehr)–and makes no mention of its potential use in the Arak heavy water reactor currently under construction. When operating optimally, the reactor at Arak will produce about 9 kilograms of plutonium annually, or enough for about two nuclear weapons each year, should Iran choose to separate plutonium from the reactor’s irradiated fuel.


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