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'Iran self-sufficient in nuclear fuel cycle'
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Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Qannadi
Iran has reached self-sufficiency in the nuclear fuel cycle and the production of radioisotopes used in medical treatments, says Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Qannadi.

“Despite the West's sanctions on Iran, Iranian youth and scientists have managed to obtain advanced nuclear technologies...” IRNA quoted Qannadi as saying on Sunday.

The AEOI official added that Iranian experts have also succeeded in making Iran self-sufficient in the field of producing radioisotopes used in medical treatments and made it unnecessary to import the products by utilizing the available facilities of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

Qannadi expressed hope that Iran will also produce industrial isotopes in the next several years, saying there will be no need to import those products to Iran either.

In June 2010, the United Nations' Security Council (UNSC) imposed a fourth round of sanctions against Iran, over allegations that the country is pursuing a military nuclear program.

Shortly after the UN sanctions, the United States and the European Union imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran's financial and energy sectors, encouraging other countries to abandon investment in the Iranian market.

However, Iran rejects the allegations, saying as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it has the right to use peaceful nuclear technology.

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