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Iran Opens First Nuclear Plant

Today, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, cut the ribbon at the country's first nuclear power plant, a clear indicator that the nation "has reached the final stage in the nuclear fuel cycle." Iran has always claimed that it wants to harness nuclear power for strictly peaceful purposes, and the uranium the plant produces will be used to fuel a "heavy-water reactor." Despite the nerve-wracking breakthrough, a new era of engagement with Iran appears on the horizon, as Ahmadinejad is said to be considering "a constructive proposal" endorsed by the US, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain.