Nuclear activities underway in Tehran within the framework of JCPOA

June 11, The Iran Project – Following an order by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who urged on June 4 preparations for a potential collapse of the Iran deal after the US’s withdrawal, the country’s nuclear activities is being resumed within the framework of the 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

On Sunday (June 10), Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is currently providing 1000 MW stable electricity in a year for Iran.

Salehi made the remarks on the sidelines of the ceremony of singing a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between AEOI and Iranian health ministry to open a nuclear education center for nuclear medicine and cancer treatment.

“There is no power plant in Iran as stable as a nuclear power plants while at the same time it is impossible to expect a nuclear power plant to provide the whole electricity needed by a country” he added.

Meanwhile, an agreement to finance and establish a nuclear medical and cancer center was signed by the Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education Hassan Hashemi and Salehi.

Salehi also announced that the construction work for building a special hospital to treat cancer patients with ion-therapy will end in 2021.

In the ceremony, the head of Iran University of Medical Sciences Masoud Naseripour said that the project has two parts: therapeutic and research.

The therapeutic part will have the most advanced remedies of cancer, latest achievements in nuclear medicine, cell therapy, gene therapy, and radiotherapy.

In another development, Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi told reporters that talks on re-designing Arak reactor will continue next week.

Re-designing of Arak reactor is at its final stages and it is at the stage of detailed design, he added.

On the sideline of a ceremony commemorating the victims of 2017 Tehran attacks which claimed the lives of 17 civilians and left 43 individuals wounded, Kamalvandi also said Fordow site will remain as it is today, but if Iran is forced to withdraw from the deal, “we have plans for this site”.

He added that 190,000 SWUs (Separative Work Unit) is the minimum requirement of Iran in industrial enrichment which can suffice power plants and research reactors.

Touching upon negotiations with China on redesigning Arak heavy water reactor, he stated that negotiators have talked about reactor design, fuel and required procedures.

The designing process of this reactor is completing, he noted, adding that, designing is being carried out by Iranian scientists while Chinese would implement the plans.

Last month, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s pullout from the JCPOA, vowing to reinstate nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

He also said Iran was in “pursuit of nuclear weapons,” a claim that contradicts numerous IAEA reports confirming the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear work and the country’s full compliance with the accord.