Iran sets 2020 target for nuclear fusion reactor

Iran says it has set a 2020 target date to build its first
experimental nuclear fusion reactor, a feat that has yet to be achieved
by any nation.

Iran said in July that its nuclear agency began research on the experimental reactor.
Nuclear
fusion, the process powering the sun and stars, has so far only been
mastered as a weapon, producing the thermonuclear explosions of
hydrogen bombs. It has never been harnessed for power generation.

Asghar
Sediqzadeh, the head of the new fusion research center, is quoted by
the semi-official ISNA news agency as saying the center will hire 100
experts to join the national project.

Tehran is not known to have carried out anything but basic fusion research.