Report: “Iran can produce nuclear fuel and will soon use it at the Bushehr reactor

The head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Muhammad Islami, told the Russian news agency Sputnik today (Saturday) that “Iran can produce nuclear fuel on its own and will soon start using it at the Bushehr nuclear power plant.” This, in the shadow of the resumption of nuclear talks in Vienna this coming Monday and the military exercise that Iran conducted together with the Revolutionary Guards during the past week with the aim of sending a threatening message to Israel.

However, Islami added a reassuring message that even in the event that talks in Vienna fail and US sanctions are not lifted, Iran does not intend to exceed the uranium enrichment level to 60%.

“Iran can already produce nuclear fuel from home, on its own. We have held talks with Rostom, the Russian nuclear corporation, and we hope that as part of our cooperation, based on the plans and contracts we will sign with them, we can do so and start using Iranian fuel at the Bushehr nuclear reactor,” Islami said.

Iran expects the Russian nuclear company to accelerate the construction of the second and third power units at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, which is almost two years behind schedule, Mohammed Islami added. In addition, Moscow supplies Tehran with the nuclear fuel needed to operate the first-unit nuclear reactor. According to the report, the last time Russia supplied nuclear fuel to Iran was in April 2020.

Tehran has paid Russia in full for the construction of the first unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant and has no unnecessary debts to Moscow, Muhammad Islami said. “Iran has paid all its debts to the Russian Federation,” he said.

The construction of power units at the Bushehr nuclear power plant is the largest Russian-Iranian joint project. The first unit of the nuclear power plant, completed in cooperation with Russia, was connected to Iran’s national power grid in September 2011. Construction of the second unit is underway, while a contract has been signed for the establishment of a third power unit.

Islami added that the critical infrastructure of Iran’s nuclear facilities is secure, and that tests for weaknesses in the system are constantly being conducted to detect and prevent potential cyber attacks.

“Every country pays close attention to ensuring the safety of its nuclear power plants … All our systems are secure, all their weaknesses are under control thanks to the measures we have taken. We hope that these increased security measures that protect our nuclear infrastructure will disappoint those who try to harm it,” he said. Islamic.

However, Islami also sent a reassuring message: After being asked if Iran would exceed the 60% uranium enrichment level in case the nuclear talks in Vienna did not lead to the return of the nuclear deal and US sanctions against Iran were not lifted, he replied: “No”, claiming: “All our goals In terms of uranium enrichment they meet our industrial and manufacturing needs as well as the needs of our consumers for those goods that our country and our population need today. All our atomic activities are carried out under agreements, laws and regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). “.

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