Iran says can produce nuclear fuel

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Tehran, Jan 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Tehran is capable of making its own nuclear fuel plates and rods, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said Saturday.

“We have built an advanced manufacturing unit at Isfahan for the fuel plates,” the Fars news agency quoted Ali-Akbar Salehi, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran as saying.

“A grand transformation has taken place in the production of (nuclear) plates and rods. With the completion of the unit in Isfahan, we are one of the few countries which can produce fuel rods and fuel plates,” he said.

Iran has invited foreign envoys to visit the country’s nuclear sites in “a good-will gesture to further prove the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities”, Salehi said.

Representatives from Russia, China, the European Union, and the Non-Aligned Movement were invited to tour Iran’s nuclear facilities in mid-January.

The West suspects Tehran of pursuing a secret nuclear weapons programme, which Iran strongly denies, insisting it needs atomic energy solely for civilian purposes.

Iran is currently under four sets of UN sanctions over its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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