Publishe Date: 8:50 AM - 4/29/2013 | Print

Iran to produce 2,000 MW of nuclear electricity this year: official

Politics - The Director of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the Islamic Republic will generate 2,000 megawatts of nuclear power by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2013).

Fereydoun Abbasi made the remarks in a meeting with the employees of a research center in the city of Bonab, East Azarbaijan province in northwestern Iran on Sunday.


“So far, 1,000 megawatts of nuclear power has been generated in the country,” Abbasi said, adding, “At present, the necessary infrastructure and essential equipment are being prepared inside the country.”

The AEOI director also stressed the importance of export, and efforts to enter global markets.

At the beginning of 2012, the United States and the European Union imposed new sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors with the goal of preventing other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.

The illegal US-engineered sanctions were imposed based on the unfounded accusation that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
 

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