Saturday news reports indicate Iran is opening a heavy-water production plant.
Though President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insists he wants nuclear power purely for peaceful purposes, the only nuclear power plants close to operation in Iran are the two Russian-built reactors in Bushehr on the Persian Gulf coast.
Both are light-water, not heavy-water, reactors; and they produce far less bomb-grade nuclear waste.
Heavy-water reactors are preferable for bomb research and production.
So, why is Iran building any heavy-water plants and why have they begun construction on a heavy-water reactor (in addition to the light- water reactors in Bushehr) if all they are building are nuclear power facilties?
It is yet another indication that Iran's nuclear research goes beyond civilian power needs.