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Iran in process of producing enriched industrial uranium

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 28, IRNA
Nuclear--Aqazadeh
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Chief Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh said here on Sunday that the committed Iranian scientists are passing through industrial-scale uranium enrichment process.

Addressing a ceremony to award plaques of honor to 14 national nuclear scientists at Vahdat Hall, downtown Tehran, he said today, Iran's peaceful nuclear activities are carried out in two parallel courses including providing nuclear fuel for light water reactors and construction of heavy and light water nuclear power plants.

Lauding the endeavor of young Iranian researchers in materializing the country's peaceful nuclear programs, he said the AEOI has been assigned to produce 20,000 mgw of nuclear energy based on the country's needs as approved by the Islamic Consultative Assembly.

Aqazadeh further announced that 93 percent of construction of the 1,000-mgw Bushehr power plant, under construction with the help of Russia, has been completed.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is pressing ahead with its nuclear research activities to master small-scale industrial enrichment, he said adding that Iran's 164-centrifuge cascade at the Natanz facility s operating according to the schedule. By successfully enriching uranium up to 3.5 percent in Natanz facility, Iran has become one of the nine signatories of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) enjoying this special technology, Aqazadeh added.

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