Iran to build nuclear propulsion systems

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi speaks during a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian (not seen) in Tehran on April 29, 2012. Salehi said that Iran hopes May 23 talks with world powers in Baghdad over its disputed nuclear programme will result in “success.”AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE

Tehran, June 11 : Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi has announced that his country has made preparations to build nuclear propulsion systems. This comes after Islamic republic started preparing the infrastructure for building advanced centrifuges. 

Nuclear propulsion systems are used in sea transportations.

Salehi said ,”This project is a huge one that will take some time to complete but he underlined that none of the measures Tehran is taking will violate the terms of the JCPOA.

“Iran’s nuclear activities, as repeatedly declared, particularly by senior officials, will be peaceful,” Salehi said.

“We have started working on the preparations for the project and seriously seeking to complete it,” the official said.

Currently, a large number of experts from the AEOI as well as a company are working on the project, he added.

The work has begun at Iran’s Natanz enrichment facility, observing the country’s commitments to 2015 nuclear deal, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said.

“Yesterday, we took the first step and submitted a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the start of certain activities, but we started to take the necessary practical measures today,” Salehi was quoted as saying.

“If conditions are ripe, I may explain tomorrow night at Natanz one of the projects we have in mind, which is a center for the production of new centrifuges,” he said.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday ordered the AEOI to prepare for the enrichment of uranium up to a level of 190,000 SWU (separative work units).

Developing such infrastructure would move along quickly, Salehi said, adding, “If we were progressing normally, it would have taken six or seven years, but this will now be ready within weeks and months.”


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