Iran Nuclear Chief: Arak’s New Reactor Meets Latest Int’l Standards


Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Chief Ali Akbar Salehi said the new heavy water research reactor near the central city of Arak has been built in accordance with the latest international standards.

Speaking at a ceremony in Tehran on Thursday to unveil 12 new achievements of the country’s peaceful nuclear technology, Salehi hailed the achievements, which include manufacturing of two types of modern centrifuges by Iranian experts in the health sector.

He added that an advanced nuclear fuel test facility has also been designed and built for the new heavy water research reactor in Arak meeting the latest international standards.

“With the construction of the nuclear fuel test facility for the new Arak heavy water reactor, the operation to redesign and renovate the reactor will be performed more quickly, utilizing local knowledge and technology,” he said.

Salehi further emphasized that Iran has joined few countries that have the technology to construct such nuclear facilities.

During the Thursday’s ceremony, Iran unveiled 12 new products of the country’s peaceful nuclear industry, one day before the National Nuclear Technology Day.

The president also via video-conference inaugurated the Pasmangoor nuclear waste stabilization and storage facility in Anarak in the central province of Isfahan.

Radioactive or nuclear waste is a byproduct from nuclear reactors, fuel processing plants, and institutions such as hospitals and research facilities.

In recent years, Iranian scientists have made remarkable progress in the field of peaceful nuclear technology despite sanctions imposed by the West.

The highlights of their achievements are usually unveiled on the National Nuclear Technology Day, which falls on Friday this year.

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