Iran's main missile program office is located in the south-western suburbs of Teheran. According to reports published in Russia, apparently based on information developed by the Russian Federal Security Service, other facilities in Tehran are involved in R&D and production of unguided missiles.
Since 1968 the Tehran Nuclear Research Center [located in suburban Amirabad at 35°33'00"N 51°20'00"E ] has included a research reactor with a nominal capacity of 5 megawatts provided by the United States under IAEA safeguards. The reactor core was due to be upgraded and replaced with Argentine assistance in the late 1980s. Construction of an installation for producing radioisotopes is complete, and there are unconfirmed reports that this facility can produce plutonium from spent nuclear fuel. The Center also includes an installation for producing "yellow cake," which has not operated recently due to unsatisfactory technical condition. The Ebn-e Qasem laser technology research laboratory entered service in October 1992, although the laboratory has no lasers suitable for separating uranium isotopes.
The research program of the Tehran-based Center for Theoretical Physics and Mathematics of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) includes theoretical physics, and other R&D related to high energy physics, including particle physics, mathematical physics, astrophysics, theoretical nuclear physics, statistical mechanics, theoretical plasma physics, and mathematics.
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