Iran’s top presidential advisor Mojtaba Samareh-Hashemi says the Islamic Republic of Iran will soon join those countries that produce nuclear fuel plates.
He told reporters on Monday that the project to produce fuel plates with 20 percent purity was in the final stages.
Samareh-Hashemi pointed out that the fuel plates will be used for Tehran’s Research Reactor, which produces radioisotopes for cancer patients.
The Iranian presidential advisor further explained that the plates will be launched according to the set timetable.
On Monday, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi said that the AEOI was installing the equipment required to turn uranium hexafluoride or UF6 into fuel plates for Tehran’s Research Reactor.
UF6 is used in uranium enrichment process that produces fuel for nuclear reactors.
Abbasi said that Iran had earlier produced dummy fuel plates, adding that Tehran had no problem producing fuel for Tehran’s reactor.