Iran progresses in nuclear technology despite sanctions: AEOI chief
Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:55AM
We are self-sufficient in discovery, extraction, and production processes and we do not need [help from] other countries.” Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun AbbasiThe head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has underscored the country’s progress in the field of nuclear technology despite the US-engineered sanctions against Tehran. “We are self-sufficient in discovery, extraction, and production processes and we do not need [help from] other countries,” Fereydoun Abbasi said on Sunday in an address in a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan. “When a country acquires the nuclear technology, it shows that it has gone beyond the boundaries of basic and technical and engineering sciences,” he added.
“We have made good progress in the design and construction of reactors and Arak’s heavy water [facility] is fully operational and the country’s nuclear energy program and fuel cycle are being developed using indigenous know-how,” Abbasi noted.Ahmadi Roshan was assassinated in January 2012 after an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnet bomb to his car near Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran. Since 2009, five Iranian nuclear scientists have become the target of terrorist attacks, which have killed four of them. Iran condemns the United States and Israel for the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists. The United States, Israel and some of their allies have falsely accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. The US and certain other countries have imposed sanctions against the Islamic Republic over the unfounded allegation. Iran has vehemently rejected the allegations against its nuclear energy program, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful objectives. In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear energy facilities, but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear energy program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production. YH/HMV/HJL