Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi has said the heavy water produced in the country ranks first in the world in terms of quality, adding that Europeans are interested in its procurement from Tehran.
“Iran’s heavy water ranks first in the world in terms of quality. European countries seek to purchase it from us,” Kamalvandi said in an interview with Mizan news agency, affiliated with the Iranian Judiciary, published on Saturday.
He highlighted the AEOI’s accomplishments in using nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
He added that Iran sells one liter of heavy water for $1000.
Heavy water derivatives can be used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer instead of the current high-risk methods and chemotherapy.
The AEOI spokesman also pointed to the current level of relations between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). “Despite several ups and downs, Iran has tried to establish a balanced relationship with the [UN nuclear] agency, and the relations are improving,” he said.
Iran has repeatedly voiced its readiness to resolve differences with the IAEA within a framework of constructive and mutual interaction and technical cooperation.
The disputes between the two sides have been a sticking point in the talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Elsewhere in his remarks, Kamalvandi referred to the nuclear industry’s implications for people’s lives, explaining that it has an impact on electricity generation, agriculture, and radiopharmaceuticals, among other things.
Iranian women’s role in nuclear industry
The senior Iranian nuclear official also noted that nearly 40 percent of the scientists working in Iran’s nuclear industry are women, adding that Iranian women play a vital role in the sector.
Iran has made remarkable progress in the nuclear industry despite the Western threats and sanctions regime. Its nuclear industry serves peaceful purposes and Iran has always reiterated that line.