Iran Producing Nuclear Material

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) _ Iran's top nuclear official says the country has produced its first nuclear fuel pellets.

The uranium oxide pellets are made using a process separate from the uranium enrichment at the heart of a standoff between Iran and the U.S., which accuses it of trying to develop nuclear weapons.

The official IRNA news agency quotes the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization as saying the pellets are for use in a heavy water reactor currently under construction.

The reactor is a concern to the West because the spent fuel from it could be used to produce plutonium.

And that can be used for a nuclear weapon.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes including generating electricity.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has not commented on today's statement.

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