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The Facts on the Iran Nuclear Deal
Scientists can make nuclear bombs with uranium or plutonium, but the manufacturing process requires uranium ore, or U-235. In order to separate U-235 from ordinary uranium, you need a high-powered centrifuge; that’s what the process called enrichment does. Scientists can also irradiate uranium in a nuclear reactor, which is what they do with plutonium.
Here’s what Iran agreed to do as part of the recent deal:
- Transform its Fordo uranium plant into a center for scientific research
- Cut back its Natanz uranium plant by shutting down 5,000 centrifuges (they currently have 10,000 spinning)
- Limit its enrichment of uranium to 3.7 percent
- Cap its stockpile of low-enriched uranium at 660 pounds for 15 years (that amount is considered insufficient for creating a number of nuclear bombs)
- Redesign and rebuild their Arak nuclear reactor so it cannot make weapons-grade plutonium
- Refrain from building any heavy water nuclear reactors for 15 years
- Provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with access to and information on its nuclear program
- Reduce its current stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98 percent
With the agreement, sanctions will eventually be lifted – but not right away. Sanctions for arms could be lifted in as few as 5 years, and those on ballistic missiles could be lifted in 8 years.
What Do You Think?
Nobody can seem to agree on whether the Iran nuclear deal is a good thing. Now that you have the facts, what’s your opinion? Should we lift sanctions on Iran if they comply with the nuclear agreement, or should we do more to ensure they never acquire a nuclear weapon?
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We’ve all heard about the Iran nuclear deal, but how much do we really know about it? Is it really a good idea, or are they going to fast-track their way to developing nuclear bombs that can be used against us?
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