September 24, 2023

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Iran nuclear program survived 20 years of sabotage: nuclear chief

TEHRAN- The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has stated that Tehran has advanced its nuclear technology despite two decades of industrial sabotage.

“The country’s nuclear science, which serves as a propeller for all industries, has come by while much industrial sabotage was committed to impede its advancement over the last 20 years,” Mohammad Eslami said on Tuesday.

“Assassination of Iran’s nuclear scientists, sanctions, psychological operations, and recourse to international organizations towards exertion of more pressure, none could impede the advancement of the country’s nuclear science,” he added. 

Israel has targeted Iran’s nuclear plants several times with terrorist acts and assassinated up to seven Iranian nuclear experts.

In tandem with its efforts to throw doubt on Iran’s nuclear energy program, the regime’s officials have waged a raucous propaganda campaign aimed at undermining the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities.

The regime, which is the only one with nuclear weapons in West Asia, has managed to avoid joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) owing to assistance from the United States, its closest and longest friend.

Eslami recalled that Iran’s adversaries “resorted to saber-rattling every day, saying they would attack the country’s nuclear facilities.”

But now, Iran has become an international pioneer in nuclear energy, and “the enemies cannot tolerate this,” he continued.

The enemy is opposed to the Iranian people’s prosperity and calm, the nuclear chief stated.

“Today, by God’s grace, we have attained all achievements in the field of nuclear technology,” Eslami said, putting the progress down to “ardor and round-the-clock endeavor.”

In an event on Sunday, he said that Iran’s nuclear sector directly impacts people’s lives.

Eslami also said in addition to the nuclear fuel cycle Iran is capable of designing, building, and maintaining nuclear reactors.

Eslami also pointed to the West’s hostile approach toward Iran for its nuclear activities, saying, “Our enemies were and are against Iran’s nuclear industry, but they all should know that the nuclear industry is a strategic industry.” 

Eslami also said the number of disputes between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency has been reduced from four to two and that Iran continues to cooperate with the UN nuclear body within the framework of the Safeguards agreement.

The conflict between Iran and the IAEA was sparked by the agency’s Israeli-influenced charges against Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program. 

Eslami went on to stress that the talks between Iran and the IAEA are intended to settle the disputes, noting that negotiations are progressing within the scope of the Islamic Republic’s overall policy.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the nuclear chief said, “One of our urgent needs is nuclear diplomacy, especially with regional states.” 

He added, “We hope to have sustainable nuclear cooperation with different countries.”

Additionally, Eslami said that the IAEA deputy director general will make a short visit to Iran.

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