Iran has removed nuclear fuel from reactor core, IAEA says

Fuel Reactor Wait Nuclear

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters FLASH: Iran has removed nuclear fuel from core of Bushehr reactor, IAEA says, gives no reason.

Why would fuel be removed from a reactor?

Testing "potency" since it's new to the country?

Installation into a war-head?

Or do they know an Israeli attack on their facilities is imminent?

Unless this is for a reactor repair its a very serious matter. Plutonium extraction from reactor fuel is easy. The fact that they didn't wait the entire fuel life cycle indicates a likely immediate sprint toward nuclear capabilities.

Usually you have to wait quite some time for the fuel to cool down prior to moving it, but for a desperate country with eager martyrs they may not wait.

Let's hope this is a repair. If that fuel starts to leave the building there will be airstrikes.