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Arak Hot Cells

Iran has denied that it intends to build a plant to separate plutonium from IR-40 spent fuel.  However, Iran originally declared to the IAEA that there were plans to construct a building at the Arak site with hot cells for the production of long-lived radioisotopes, interpreted to mean plutonium.  Iran stated that they were planning to build hot cells for the production of “short lived” isotopes, and that it intended to construct the additional hot cells to produce “long lived” radioisotopes.  In May 2004, however, Iran revised its declaration for Arak, and eliminated plans to construct any hot cells for long-lived isotopes.