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Iran's Nuclear Submarine

Updated on June 14, 2012
Iran's only diesel powered sub that is operational
Iran's only diesel powered sub that is operational

As the nuclear weapons and enrichment talks approach again in Moscow, Iran states another need to enrich uranium to weapons-grade purity of 90% or more. If you recall, months ago, they said it was for peaceful intentions, namely, for nuclear reactors to generate electricity. The West did not "buy" that very much because you do not need to enrich to 90% for that. Now, Iran claims it is building a nuclear powered submarine. Iran reminded everyone that producing such a submarine is peaceful and civilian and every nation has that right.

According to intelligence, Iran is bluffing because it has no capability to do so and the announcement is just to give them leverage at the talks in Moscow. Iran is now enriching to 20% for research, and the odd thing is, a nuclear powered submarine could operate on 20%, but most Russian and US nuclear powered subs operate using 96% nuclear fuel.

The West wants to freeze Iran's enrichment at 20% purity and ship out nuclear fuel to other countries and shut down enrichment altogether. So far, the only agreement reached after two meetings and several months is to meet again.

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Iran can't make nuclear sub for 20 years!

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      perrya 4 years ago

      I know.

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      kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      They can always buy one! Like one of those old castoffs from China!

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      perrya 4 years ago

      True!

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      Jayfort 4 years ago

      It depends upon the intended use of this nuclear sub. To quote your Hub: "Iran reminded everyone that producing such a submarine is peaceful and civilian and every nation has that right." What civilian agencies can afford to own or actually own a nuclear sub? I can't think of any. What is the purpose of a nuclear powered sub? To be able to travel long distances underwater and remain underwater longer (undetected!). Replacing fuel tanks with a nuclear reactor power plant allows more space for life support consumables (breathing air, food, etc...). So what would they use this sub for? Research? Transport? As KSC said, they could always buy one used.

      So bottom line, why do they have a nuclear program? To produce high-grade radioactive materials for use in low-tech dirty bombs or higher-tech atomic/nuclear weapons! Either would be a bad thing for them to possess.

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      perrya 4 years ago

      Maybe it is a hospital transport ;). No , obviously, Iran does not want to do anything but get the bomb and there negotiating position has now included dealing with Syria. Anything, to make sure an agreement does no t happen.

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      kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      The real question is why would Iran even *need* a nuclear sub, when a diesel sub is much cheaper, much more suitable for littoral ops (shallow waters) of the Persian gulf?

      Face it: there is no such thing as "nuclear civilian submarine". Iran's excuse is bogus, and everybody knows it. It's a lot like emperor's new cloths... you just don't want to say it to his face.

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      Carl 4 years ago

      When I was 12, the chances of my success in building a nuclear sub were every bit as good as Iran's today.

      Fear the evil bogeyman! He's coming for you and your children! We must fight them over there so we...

      I love pretend news!

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      perrya 4 years ago

      yes, Iran is using the old law school trick on exams-the red herring

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