Iran enriches stable isotopes with Russian help

TEHRAN, Following the implementation of JCPOA, Iran started enrichment of stable isotopes with assistance of Russia, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Tuesday.

Before the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the P5+1 in July 2015, Iran used to enrich uranium alone, Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters after his meeting with the members of Majlis (parliament) Committee on Education, Research and Technology.

“Iran’s nuclear industry goes ahead at a good pace with an aim of commercialization. We have readiness for returning to pre-JCPOA situation in various sections,” the state-run IRNA news agency quoted Salehi as saying.

However, he voiced hope that Iran would not be forced to return to pre-deal situation.

On his talks with the MPs, Salehi said he briefed them on the nuclear situation during the pre- and post-Revolution eras.

Objectives of the AEOI regarding construction of nuclear power plants, exploration and extraction and training manpower were also discussed during the commission’s session.

Before the implementation of JCPOA, Iran has had only one power plant whose construction has been started prior to the victory of the Islamic Revolution and it came on stream four or five years ago, he said, noting that Iran has started building two other power plants.

Another project launched following the implementation of the JCPOA was radiotherapy center which is to be established in Karaj, enjoying the most advanced modern technologies, according to IRNA.

On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced a decision to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran but the other parties to the deal remained committed to it.

Source: Kuwait News Agency