Rudan Conversion Facility

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Last Updated: January 1, 2011
Other Name: Rudan Nuclear Research Center
Location: Possibly Fasa, Fars Province
Subordinate To: Unknown
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Unknown

Fasa is the suspected location of a Uranium Conversion Facility. [1] China reportedly constructed the small-scale pilot plant in the 1990s, following a secret 1991 nuclear cooperation agreement with Iran. [2] Iran allegedly received equipment for the plant from China in 1994. [3] According to John Garver, "the designed capacity of this hex plant was two hundred tons of UF6 per year." [4] Iran has neither declared this facility to the IAEA, nor has the Agency referred to it in its safeguards reports.

Sources:
[1] Anthony H. Cordesman and Adam C. Seitz, Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Birth of a Regional Arms Race (Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2009), p. 215.
[2] John W. Garver, China and Iran: Ancient Partners in a Post-Imperial World (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006), p. 152.
[3] Anthony H. Cordesman and Adam C. Seitz, Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Birth of a Regional Arms Race (Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2009), p. 215.
[4] John W. Garver, China and Iran: Ancient Partners in a Post-Imperial World (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006), p. 152.

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