JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (Worthy News)– Iran says it should be able to produce fuel for its Bushehr nuclear power plant, however world powers are unlikely to agree to its demands and places the July deadline for a deal in jeopardy.
Iran's ability to produce enriched uranium goes to the heart of the dispute over its nuclear program as nuclear fuel can be used not only in powering nuclear reactors, but further processing can create the core of a nuclear warhead.
"They expect to get capacity to fuel Bushehr and that's unrealistic," a diplomat told Reuters News Agency. If the West allowed Iran to produce its own nuclear fuel, then "it gets you to a very short breakout time", the diplomat implied, referring to the time needed to produce enough highly enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb.
The current U.N. Security Council resolutions demand that Iran suspend all uranium enrichment, but so far Iran has refused to do so.