Iran says it can make nuclear fuel rods, plates: media

08:27, January 10, 2011      

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Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and acting foreign minister Ali-Akbar Salehi announced Saturday that Tehran is capable of making nuclear fuel plates and rods, local semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The Iranian atomic chief said that Tehran has built a facility in the central city of Isfahan to develop the technology required for power nuclear reactors.

"We have built an advanced manufacturing unit in the Isfahan site for the fuel plates," Salehi was quoted by Fars as saying.

"A grand transformation has taken place in the production of ( nuclear) plates and rods. With the completion of the unit in Isfahan, we are one of the few countries which can produce fuel rods and fuel plates," Salehi said.

The Western policies towards Iran have propelled the country's nuclear achievements, including the production of nuclear plates and rods, he added.

"This is in fact because of [the] West's actions that we came to this point," he said.

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