The director of Iran's director of the Atomic Energy Organization (AWOI) announced the country is building a 2,000 MWE nuclear power plant in the Khuzenstan province, relying on technology developed in Iran, according to a news report.
The plant will be capable of generating 300 MWe "in the preliminary phase," according to Nuclear Engineering International.
The head of the AEOI Mohammad Eslami lashed out as he made the announcement. "Our enemies tried to break our will using sanctions and refused to cooperate with the construction of a nuclear power plant for many years," he said. According to Eslami, sanctions began in 1979.
In the same news cycle, the U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl said Iran has made "remarkable progress" in advancing its nuclear ambitions since the Trump administration pulled out of the sanctions against Iran deal. Confirmed by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency, near bomb grade material has been discovered in Iran, putting the country 12 days away from processing material for a viable atomic weapon.
The high-grade uranium found is 83.7 percent pure. To produce a bomb, the standard threshold is 90 percent.
“Back in 2018, when the previous administration decided to leave the [Iranian sanctions deal] it would have taken Iran about 12 months to produce one fissile, one bomb’s worth of fissile material,” Kahl said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. "Now it would take about 12 days."
Eslami, however, asserts that all countries have the right to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes, including Iran.
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