TEHRAN, Apr. 12 (Mehr News Agency) - A top nuclear official said on Sunday that Iran will join developed countries in manufacturing nuclear reactors, the Fars news agency reported.
"In the next ten years Iran will be among the countries in the world that build nuclear reactors," Mohammad Saeedi, the AEOI deputy director for international affairs and planning, told a ceremony held to mark National Nuclear Day in Qom.
He also praised the Supreme Leader's strong support to nuclear expert to do their researches with full confidence.
He said the Leader has full knowledge of technical and legal issues surrounding nuclear activities. He added even Mohamed ElBaradei was "surprised" of Leader's knowledge of the NPT and additional protocol and other international conventions when he met the Leader.
The nuclear official added when Iran's nuclear breakthroughs revealed in 2003 and the country came under intense foreign pressure the Leader called on "the Atomic Energy Organization and scientists to do their work without paying any attention to these threats."
Saeedi said since that date the "spirit of self-confidence" among nuclear experts was strengthened.
The comprehensive plans for developing nuclear activities began in 1997.
He added Iran sought help from some countries but they all refused.
"Since the beginning of activities we tried to get advice from certain countries but none of these countries was ready to cooperate with us therefore, we were forced to gain access to nuclear technology by relying on our talented young scientists."
He added the IAEA officials and countries that have gained access to nuclear technology were surprised when they noticed Iran's progresses in nuclear technology.
He said the AEOI assured the officials in 1997 that it would take five to six years to master the knowledge of nuclear fuel cycle. Today the agency gives assurances in the next ten years Iran will be among the few developed countries which will be able to build nuclear reactors.
The U.S. and a few of its European allies have been pressing Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment activities. However, Iran as a country that has signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), insists that its nuclear activities are solely aimed at producing electricity to meet the nation's growing demand.
The International Atomic Energy Agency is monitoring all the processes of nuclear activities in Iran by installing cameras and making regular inspections.
The use of nuclear energy is gaining more momentum as global warming, blamed on fossil fuel emissions, is emerging as a very serious threat to the environment.
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