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AEOI Chief: Iran Ready to Manufacture Research N. Reactors for Islamic States

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi underlined his country’s capability and preparedness to produce research nuclear reactors for Islamic countries.

“Iran has attained self-sufficiency in certain fields, including production of research nuclear reactors like Arak and Tehran reactors and now it is capable of producting nuclear research reactors for any interested Islamic country,” Salehi said in an interview with the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel on Wednesday.

He also stressed Iranian experts’ ability to enrich uranium to high levels, and said, “Today, we are able to do designing in all nuclear fields, and I do not mean through reverse engineering.”

In relevant remarks in January, Salehi announced that the country’s nuclear scientists in the AEOI no more needed reverse engineering methods to produce fuel or centrifuges and were manufacturing such equipment by their own design.

“We designed the 20% enriched fuel through reverse engineering process (in the past) but today the reverse engineering process has no meaning in the AEOI,” Salehi was quoted as saying by the Persian-language Farhikhtegan magazine.

He added that the Iranian scientists in the AEOI were able to produce fuel and equipment, including centrifuges, based on their own design and the country’s needs.

Salehi who had announced last month that the country was taking the preliminary steps to produce what he called “modern 20%-enriched uranium” to fuel the country’s reactors, said in the interview that the western states had also understood that Iran no more needed reverse engineering.

“The recent announcement had them realize Iran’s message and notice the events,” he added.

Salehi said in January that “the preliminary moves have started to design modern 20%-enriched fuel and we are on the threshold of it”.

“It is a product different from the former 20%-enriched fuel which could be used to fuel whatever reactor we build like the Tehran reactor,” he added.

“The nuclear reactor in Tehran has been working with the old fuel so far, but the modern fuel will increase its efficiency,” Salehi said.

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