AEOI Chief Stresses Enhancement of Iran’s N. Science
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami underlined the need for the further development of nuclear science and technology in the country despite enemies’ opposition.
“Despite the widespread efforts of the enemies to prevent scientific development in the country, we are witnessing considerable success,” Eslami said in a meeting with Leader’s representative in the Southern city of Bushehr on Tuesday night.
He referred to the enemies' opposition to the development of nuclear science in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and said that the enemies have prevented the education of Iranian students in nuclear fields in prestigious international universities.
“We will take widespread and special measures and all capacities will be used for this purpose,” said the head of the Atomic Energy Organization, emphasizing the need for efforts to promote this area scientifically and technologically.
Another economic and strategic advantage of the nuclear industry is standardization and improvement of the quality of agricultural products, Eslami noted, announcing the development of the use of nuclear radiation in the production of agricultural products.
The use of the nuclear industry in order to promote and expand modern agriculture, the development of radiopharmaceuticals and related laboratories and nuclear agriculture centers are included in the agenda, he said, emphasizing the acceleration in nuclear science and technology.
The position of the Islamic Republic of Iran in nuclear science should be changed and improved, Eslami said, naming nuclear technology as one of the components of growth and development.
Earlier on Tuesday, Eslami had said that the country’s nuclear electricity production capacity should reach a target of 8 gigawatts (GW) over the short run.
He made the remarks after visiting Iran’s only nuclear power plant on the Persian Gulf coast that the AEOI has plans to build several more nuclear electricity stations to hit the 8 GW target.
“AEOI’s plan in the short run is to reach production of 8 GW through diversified arrangements by tapping domestic resources and major international investment companies,” Eslami said.
He said that the government will speed up funding for construction of the second and third units at Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant where current electricity generation capacity is limited to 1 GW per hour.