Iran manufactures nuclear reactor simulator for first time: AEOI chief

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Mohammad Eslami, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI)

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says Iran has for the first time manufactured a nuclear reactor simulator, applauding the feat as a monumental achievement in the field of high tech.

On Tuesday, Eslami praised the simulator as a remarkable accomplishment, emphasizing its importance as an “effective” part of a power plant and a power reactor.

The simulator is designed to manage the control chamber temperature and has a thermal capacity of 100 megawatts.

“We thank God that our diligent colleagues, today, were able to bring to the fore another effective achievement, which is influential in the field of advanced science and technology,” he said.

Eslami said the nuclear reactor simulator is fully indigenous both in terms of hardware and software design, and was manufactured locally without reliance on any foreign assistance.     

The nuclear reactor simulator has been installed at the Iranian Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, he said.

Its primary purpose is to provide education and training for personnel and serve as a valuable tool for graduate studies and research conducted by students, he added. 

The AEOI chief said the older generations of such simulators have already been handed over to eight universities for use.

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran recorded 159 achievements in the past Persian calendar year (ending on March 20) in defiance of US sanctions as well as hurdles created by the West.

Last month, Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi said the success achieved in Iran’s nuclear industry under sanctions and threats should serve as a model for other industries.

Raeisi also highlighted the effects of nuclear technology on people's lives, especially in the areas of health and medicine, agriculture and industry, as well as oil and gas sectors.

Iran showed to the world the peaceful nature of its nuclear program by signing the 2015 nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with six world powers.

Tehran has invariably asserted that its nuclear program is aimed at purely peaceful purposes and that the Islamic Republic had no intention of developing nuclear weapons.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has even issued a fatwa (religious decree) declaring that the acquisition, development, and use of nuclear weapons violated Islamic principles and were therefore forbidden.

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