Iran's nuclear capability could foster regional cooperation: Official

Tehran, Dec 27, IRNA – Iran by relying on its nuclear capacities can further promote ties with regional nations, says Behrouz Kamalvandi spokesman for Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

'We have repeatedly said that we should have an active diplomacy in sharing our nuclear know-how with others and draw on their experience as well to use the nuclear technology for peaceful purposes,' Behrouz Kamalvandi told Iran's Alalam Arabic news channel in a recent interview.

'We should develop the nuclear industry further and explore ways to apply it to other sectors, including healthcare, medicine, agriculture and industry,' Kamalvandi said.

He said that we need to share our experience in the nuclear sphere to promote regional developments and exploit all the opportunities provided following the implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and major world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

'Cooperation on the nuclear issue is developing and it tends to have a promising prospect,' he said.

Kamalvandi said that there are few countries which can help Iran to further develop its nuclear sector.

'The Islamic Republic maintains good ties with the nuclear-capable countries, including Japan, South Korea, Russia, China, as well as European countries like Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, Hungary and Spain,' he said.

We have good nuclear ties with them and we have signed or expect to sign memorandums of understanding to promote our nuclear ties, the AEOI spokesman said.

Kamalvandi also said that under the JCPOA Iran has cut down its uranium enrichment capacity.

Despite the restrictions on the level of enrichment, thousands of centrifuges are still running, he said.

We hope to achieve self-sufficiency in production of the nuclear fuel in the long term, he added.

The spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization hailed the country's advancement in producing heavy water, saying that Iran has sold 70 tons of heavy water over a period of seven months.

'Now Americans have come to realize that the heavy water produced in Iran has a high quality and it is pure enough to be regarded as the best heavy water around the world,' Kamalvandi said.

'New customers for Iran's heavy water are mainly from Europe,' he said.

Kamalvandi also said that Iran will go on with its plan to develop nuclear propulsion systems for its marine vessels, according to its JCPOA commitments.

'The planned nuclear propulsion systems are going to be developed by the Islamic Republic for use in the country's navy vessels and submarines,' he said.

'Reports by the International Atomic Energy Organization see no infringements by Iran concerning the country's nuclear commitments.'