There is no guarantee of quality of Iranian 20-percent enriched uranium fuel - expert
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 14 / Trend T. Jafarov /
Professor of the University of Glasgow, an expert on nuclear issues Reza Taghizadeh does not believe that nuclear fuel bars produced by Iran are safe and useful.
"A number of countries have the technology of production of fuel bars. Iranian fuel bars will be dangerous, little use and dirty", - said Taghizadeh.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in his speech during a ceremony on the Iranian Islamic Republic revolution on Feb. 11 that an inauguration of several new achievements in the nuclear sphere will be held in a few days. Several Iranian news agencies spread information about the opening in the near future of the plant that produces nuclear fuel bars.
Earlier Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoon Abbasi said that there are no problems with the provision of Amirabad nuclear reactor in Tehran, as well as that by the end of the year (March 21 in Iran) fuel for this reactor will be produced in the country.
Taghizadeh believes that the statements of Iranian officials in connection with new achievements in the nuclear sphere are type of show.
"If in this situation Iran continue to install centrifuges, it needs 30 years before the country will begin production of nuclear fuel. Annual amount of fuel needed to operate the reactor at Bushehr plant, Iran will not be able to produce even in 30 years. Statements of officials on the eve of Fajr have the type of show, "- said Taghizadeh.
The Amirabad Research Reactor requires 120 kilograms of uranium enriched to 19.75-percent for medical purposes. The reactor was built in 1960.
In late October of 2010, the IAEA demanded Iran to give Russia 1,200 kg of 3.5-percent enriched uranium in exchange for a 20-percent enriched uranium. Iran stated that it agreed to a simultaneous exchange on its territory.
The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program and have used this pretext to impose four rounds of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.