File - An unidentified Russian technician rides his bicycle in front of the main reactor of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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As the talks over Iran's nuclear program appear to be converging toward reaching a long-term comprehensive agreement, hints have emerged that Iran may be asked to cap its uranium enrichment capacity for a certain period of time.Why is Iran keen to expand its uranium enrichment capacity?Providing fuel for the Bushehr reactor, the only operating nuclear power reactor in Iran and the Middle East, alone would require about 100,000 IR-1 centrifuges, roughly 10 times what Iran currently operates.If the nuclear deal with Iran indeed includes freezing enrichment capacity, it is not yet clear for how long this would hold. If true, this would allow Iran to study its nuclear power plans more carefully while working on advancing its centrifuge technology.A partial nuclear freeze would also strengthen Iran's human resources.An agreement would likely come with a high level of technical cooperation between Iran and world powers on the one hand and between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency on the other.However, Iran must not rush into embracing nuclear power.
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