The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has announced that it will start the production of the nuclear fuel needed for the Tehran research reactor by the end of summer 2011.
Iran's Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility south of Tehran
Iran says its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes
"The artificial sample of the fuel was produced earlier, and
the production of the real fuel, enriched up to 20 percent, will start in (the
Iranian calendar month of) Shahrivar (August 23-September 22, 2011)," IAEO
Director Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters on Tuesday.
"Production of the 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel in Iran is a firm response to the West," Salehi added.
He went on to say that the Islamic Republic currently possesses a large site for the production of nuclear fuel enriched to 20 percent
Elsewhere in his remarks, he said Iran plans to produce an anti-cancer medicine.
He also said that the IAEO will announce the country's latest nuclear achievements in two or three weeks, after Iran's planned meeting with the 5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany).
The IAEO director rejected rumors started by certain Western media outlets claiming that technical problems have made Iran halt its uranium enrichment program.
"On its progressive path in the nuclear issue, Iran will never pay attention to the lies of the Western media," he added.
The Westerners disclosed the Stuxnet computer virus attack in July after they failed to achieve their hostile goals, Salehi said.
In July, media reports claimed that Stuxnet had affected industrial computers around the globe, with Iran being the main target of the attack, particularly the country's first nuclear power plant, which is located in Bushehr.
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