tetrahedrassface writes: It seems that Iran has joined the seven nation consortium in building the ITER reactor that is currently under construction in France. Scheduled to be producing power in 2019, the reactor is a 'hot' fusion reactor that is theoretically capable of producing 500 megawatts from 50 megawatts of input power. The project has faced technical and monetary challenges since it's inception and the choice of France as its location. The inclusion of Iran in this international group is quite striking as sanctions against Iran have been ramped up and even talk of war as Iran maintains development of its own enrichment program ostensibly for domestic energy production. It seems a bit strange in the face of such vitriol from all sides over Iran's enrichment programs that the consortium would welcome them into the fusion fold. On the other hand it's nice to see at least some level of partnership amongst nations that in general seem to have poor relationships.