Iran seeks to join nuclear fusion project
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 5 By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
Iran is hopeful to join an international project on the construction of an experimental nuclear fusion reactor in southern France, the Islamic Republic's atomic chief said.
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, has said that Iran has inked its first document for cooperation with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), IRNA news agency reported. Ali Akbar Salehi has said that the document signed on Saturday during ITER chief Bernard Bigot’s recent visit to the Islamic Republic, envisages the confidentiality of data provided by the either partners.
Salehi also noted that the sides are drafting another document on cooperation. He expressed hope that the document will be finalized over the next several weeks. Seven partners in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) including Europe, United States, China, India, Japan, Russia and South Korea launched the project 10 years ago with a 5 billion euro ($5.6 billion) cost estimate and plans to heat the first plasma by 2020 and achieve full fusion by 2023. By 2011, the budget forecast had swollen to about 16 billion euros, Reuters earlier reported.