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2020-April-16  14:23

Commander: Iran Pursuing Plans to Build Submarines Equipped with N. Propulsion System

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said that building submarines equipped with nuclear propulsion systems is on the country’s agenda.

“It’s a kind of negligence if the Islamic Republic does not think about using nuclear propulsion in submarines … this domestic capability exists in the Defense Ministry regarding the production of submarines bigger than Fateh and certainly, the developing of submarine propulsion is on the agenda of the Navy,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi said.

The stance of the Islamic Republic of Iran towards nuclear energy is clear and defined and the Leader of the Islamic Revolution has many times highlighted its peaceful nature, he added.

All the country’s organizations are moving in the defined framework regarding the nuclear program, Rear Admiral Khanzadi said, adding, “None of the international pacts ban using peaceful nuclear energy but the peace we are talking about doesn’t find meaning without maintaining defense readiness.”

“When there is no deterrence and readiness for a defense, no peace and stability will be established and so the Armed Forces of the country are present to ensure sustainable peace,” he added.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi announced last year that his country had made good progress in manufacturing nuclear propulsion systems used in ships and submarines.

"We have taken long strides in area of nuclear propulsion (system) but we declare it when we are assured (of its completion)," Salehi said in an interview with the state TV.

The AEOI head said that he, himself, was surprised by the progress made by the Iranian experts in the development of nuclear propulsion systems, and added, "At present, we do not intend to inform the public on the nuclear propulsion system in full, but we are working in this field with a high pace of progress, with God's help."

Salehi noted that Iran is the only developing country which is manufacturing nuclear propulsion systems, adding that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been informed of the country's progress in this area.

Nuclear propulsion uses a nuclear power reactor to generate electricity on a vessel. Such systems are best known for their use on strategic nuclear submarines, which allow them to stay submerged for weeks avoiding detection. Nuclear propulsion is also used on some big surface ships like aircraft carriers or icebreakers.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in 2016 ordered the country's nuclear agency to start plans to produce nuclear fuel and propulsion systems for ships and submarines in response to the violation of the 2015 nuclear deal by Washington.