Iran says may modify Arak reactor to allay nuclear concerns - TV
DUBAI, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Iran is prepared to modify its
planned Arak heavy water reactor to help allay Western concerns,
the first such suggestion by a senior Iranian official.
Western powers, preparing for negotiations with Iran on a
long-term deal defining the scope of its disputed nuclear
programme, fear Arak could provide a supply of plutonium - one
of two materials, along with highly enriched uranium, that can
be used for the core of a nuclear weapon - once operational.
The Islamic Republic has said the reactor is designed to
produce isotopes for medical treatments, and has denied that any
of its nuclear activity is geared to developing a bomb.
In an interview with Iran's state-run Press TV, Ali Akbar
Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, did not
spell out how any changes could be made to the Arak plant.
Press TV reported Salehi as saying he did not believe
Western concerns over Arak were genuine, calling them a
"fabricated fire" used to put Iran under political pressure.
But he added: "We can do some design change, in other words