By Iran Review
Iran’s top nuclear official says the country has succeeded in delivering some four or five batches of fuel to the Tehran Research Reactor, stressing that the Islamic Republic will press on with fuel plate production.
“The production of fuel plates and their conversion into fuel complexes to be used in the Tehran Research Reactor currently continues in the Isfahan factory,” Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi said.
He added that Iran currently has the capacity to produce some two nuclear fuel complexes per month but can increase it to three.
With some four or five batches of fuel produced and transferred to the Tehran Research Reactor, we have presently no problem in launching the reactor and producing radio-medicine, Abbasi said, adding that ‘we will gradually replace consumed fuel with new fuel.’
The AEOI head said all of Iran’s nuclear activities are carried out under the surveillance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and their nuclear safety is ensured. No specific incident to hurt people has occurred so far.
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has also dismissed reports that the country has delayed the start-up of the Arak nuclear reactor.
“Despite rumors, the heavy water research reactor in Arak, through the efforts of the Iranian researchers, is progressing as scheduled and without any problem,” Fereydoun Abbasi said.
He went on to say that Iran is examining the security and safety considerations to stop any possible act by the enemy aimed at sabotaging the launch of the reactor.
“The Arak research reactor has no scientific or technical problem and we will launch it with virtual fuel in the near future.”
Abbasi’s remarks refuted Western media claims that Iran has postponed until 2014 the planned start-up of the Arak reactor.
The Iranian top nuclear official also said that the Bushehr nuclear power plant will soon join Iran’s national grid.
“The final arrangements of the plant are underway, the necessary revisions have been made and the problems that were noticed during the past year have been solved and the plan will soon join the grid,” he said.