'Iran ready to export nuclear services' - Head of Iran Atomic Energy Organization

Kurdpa - Head of Iran Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) says the Islamic Republic is capable of exporting services related to nuclear energy to other countries, Press TV reported.

Fereydoun Abbasi made the remarks on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of an exhibition of the country\'s nuclear achievements in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan province on Saturday.

The IAEO chief said that Iran can now produce heavy water (deuterium oxide), which is very useful for medical applications.

Abbasi added that with the recently unveiled third-generation centrifuges, which perform much faster than the previous models and can considerably accelerate the enrichment process, the country can enrich uranium at level of20 percent.

He also noted that the new Fordo uranium enrichment facility near the central Iranian city of Qom would become operational in the near future.

The AEOI announced in August 2011 that it plans to transfer the production of 20-percent-enriched uranium from the Natanz nuclear site to the Fordo enrichment facility under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and triple the production of the 20-percent-enriched uranium.

The Islamic Republic needs the 20-percent-enriched uranium for the production of nuclear fuel plates required at the Tehran Research Reactor for producing radioisotopes for cancer treatment.

Source - Trend