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Iran to engage in SESAMI project

Source: ISNA

Mahmoud Reza Aghamiri, co-Vice President of the SESAME Council said Iran plans to join the biggest Middle East project in building SESAME accelerator equipment and providing 1 million dollar annually to the International Centre for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME).

Iran, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Zionist regime have pledged to pay 1 million dollar annually for 5 years to advance SESAMI project but Iran has failed to pay the amount due to sanction-related problems.

He further said the SESAMI synchrotron would be launched by 2015. "The central building has been established and the shields have been installed. The pieces of equipment are being installed."

Aghamiri also added Iran would launch an accelerator with the capacity of 3 Giga electron volt, as powerful as the Sesame synchrotron, in coming years in central city of Qazvin.

SESAMI is an independent laboratory formally created under the auspices of UNESCO on 30 May 2002. It is located in Allan, by the Al-Balqa nahia of the Balqa governorate of Jordan.

The founding members of SESAME are Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey. The project was launched in 1999 and the ground breaking ceremony was held on 6 January 2003. Construction work began the following July, with a scheduled possible completion date of 2015. However financial and technical infrastructural obstacles could force the project to be halted and shutdown status in the near future. President of the SESAME Council is Christopher Llewellyn Smith, the Chair of the ITER Council and a former Director-General of CERN. The first president of SESAME council was Herwig Schopper, the former CERN director general.

The synchrotron radiation facility operated by SESAME is the former facility BESSY I, which was previously decommissioned in Germany.

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