TEHRAN (Dispatches) – The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the country is set to unveil and inaugurate 133 new achievements in the nuclear technology sector on the occasion of National Nuclear Technology Day.
In a statement, the AEOI said great efforts by the staff and specialists of Iran’s nuclear industry led to 133 new successful achievements in the previous year alone.
It added that the achievements, which will be unveiled on Saturday, were made in different fields of the nuclear industry, including quantum, enrichment, heavy water, deuterium compounds, radiopharmaceuticals and lasers.
Eight of the achievements will be unveiled in person by President Hassan Rouhani, and the rest will be put on display during exhibitions and video-conferences.
On Tuesday, the AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said that the country has started mechanical tests on its indigenized advanced IR-9 centrifuge machines.
"One of the developments made in the field of enrichment is the beginning of the mechanical tests on IR-9 centrifuge machines, which are able to produce 50,000 SWUs (Separative Working Units) of enriched uranium,” Kamalvandi told ISNA.
He added that the IR-9 is one of the most important centrifuge machines in Iran which has been manufactured based on new standard methods.
Ali-Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), on Wednesday said the AEOI provided medicines that were required by around one million patients suffering from refractory diseases around the country.
The organization, he said, was
producing new drugs in the field of radiopharmacology every year. It has, for instance, made great strides in cooperation with a number of universities towards producing a medicine that could cure prostate cancer.
According to Salehi, more advancements are to be unveiled later in the year such as an ion therapy center in the northern Iranian province of Alborz that could be used for treatment of refractory diseases, especially cancer.
Upon inauguration, the facility would be the sixth of its type across the world and the only center to provide such services in West Asia, the official stated.
The official vowed that the pace of the Islamic Republic’s progress in the field of peaceful nuclear technology will never either slow down or stop.
Salehi said Iran has raised the volume of its enriched uranium stockpile to five tonnes since the 2015 nuclear agreement was reached.
The volume of the uranium enriched at 20-percent-level purity now stands at 57 kilograms, the AEOI head said, announcing that it will reach 120 kilograms in a year.
The nuclear chief added that the average annual production rate for the yellowcake -- a type of uranium condensate powder -- stood at 4 to 5 tonnes before the JCPOA, but it has currently reached 35 tonnes.