Iran: We're making our own nuclear fuel now

Which side of the red line does this put Iran on, from an Israeli or US perspective? And how will the conspiracy theorists read it?

Iran has produced its own nuclear fuel pellets of enriched uranium for the first time to power its under construction heavy water research reactor, Vice President Gholam Reza Aghazadeh said Saturday according to the state news agency.

Iran has long been working on its uranium enrichment capability to fuel its developing nuclear power program, including a 40-megawatt heavy water nuclear reactor under construction in Arak in the center of the country. The announcement indicates they have finally completed the nuclear fuel cycle.

The U.S. and its allies have called to a halt to the enrichment process which it says could be used to produce weapons, a charge Iran denies.

“Fuel pellets to be used in the 40-megawatt Arak research reactor have been produced,” IRNA quoted Aghazadeh as saying Saturday.

The Iranians say that they’re testing both the fuel pellets and the fuel rods. But go back to sleep, world. It’s all Boosh’s fault somehow.