Building nuclear plants for electricity high on Salehi’s agenda

New Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi says the construction of nuclear plants for electricity production will be a top priority in his tenure.

“We can even export the generated electricity and our activity will be commercial in that respect; as the country already exports around 2,000 megawatts of electricity,” said Salehi at his Saturday inauguration ceremony.

Different areas of the Iranian public life, including industry and medicine, will be the second priority of Iran’s nuclear industry, he said.

On Thursday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani appointed former Foreign Minister Salehi as vice-president and head of the AEOI.

Elsewhere, Salehi pointed to Iran’s meticulousness on the safety of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in south of the country, saying, “Ensuring the safety of the plant is the top priority and electricity production comes next,” he noted.

Bushehr NPP officially became operational in September 2011, generating electricity at 40 percent of its capacity.

The 1,000-megawatt plant, which is operating under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reached its maximum power generation capacity in August 2012.

Iran and Russia have assured the international community that the plant is fully compliant with high-level safety standards and the IAEA safeguards.

Salehi also expressed optimism that the administration of President Rouhani would resolve the issues regarding Iran’s nuclear energy program in such a manner that they would lead to a win-win outcome.

The US and its allies claim that Iran may be pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with Washington and the European Union using the unfounded allegation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on Iran.

Tehran strongly rejects the groundless claim over its nuclear activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

By Press TV


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