TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency says Iranian scientists have inserted a domestically made fuel rod into the core of a research nuclear reactor in Tehran.
Tuesday's report comes a day before Iran and six world powers meet in Baghdad for negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program. The West says Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.
IRNA reported that the fuel rod, which contains pellets of 20 percent enriched uranium, was inserted into the core after preliminary tests. The advance would be another step in achieving proficiency in the entire nuclear fuel cycle.
Iran said in January that it had produced the first nuclear fuel rod, saying it had to find a way to make them because Western sanctions prohibit their purchase from foreign markets.