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Science  09 Sep 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6304, pp. 1083-1087
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6304.1083

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For more than a decade, Iranian specialists in nuclear fusion experimented on aging tokamaks and other devices in seclusion, cut off from the global fusion community because of Iran's status as a nuclear pariah. Their isolation is about to end. In early 2017, Iran is expected to join the world's most expensive physics experiment, ITER, which aims to achieve the first controlled, self-sustaining fusion reaction within a decade or two. ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot plans to lead a delegation to Tehran as early as next month to begin formal talks on ties that, Iranian science officials hope, will boost the nation's fusion program and expose Iranian experts to global norms in science.