Iran developing N. propulsion systems

FNA- The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced on Monday that it has started implementation of plans to develop nuclear propulsion systems to be used for marine transportation purposes.

“Implementation of (plans to build) nuclear propulsion (systems) has been put on the AEOI’s agenda and it has been emphasized in the law to confront the US moves and a special budget has been allocated to it,” AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said.

He also added that the Americans and Europeans are not interested in Iran’s development of propulsion systems.

Last December, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani 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 Vienna deal by Washington.

Also in the same month, President Rouhani in a meeting with Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano asked the IAEA to help Tehran with developing the nuclear propulsion systems.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always been after developing its positive and technical ties with the IAEA and it will continue cooperation with this international body within the framework of rules and regulations,” President Rouhani said during the meeting in Tehran.

Elsewhere, he stressed that Iran will remain committed to the last year nuclear deal as long as the world powers comply with their undertakings, and said, “The recent moves by the US, specially the extension of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) is against the nuclear deal. The path that the US has opted for against Iran will decrease global trust in the US administration.”

President Rouhani also called for the IAEA’s neutrality and technical views in its reports about Iran, and expressed the hope that Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog would have good technical cooperation in the production of nuclear propulsion systems for marine transportation.