Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Monday stressed that full access to the nuclear fuel production technology is a beginning to longer strides in the domain of science and technology. Addressing a ceremony at Natanz enrichment center for announcing Iran’s success in gaining full access to the required know-how for the production of nuclear fuel at industrial scale, Ahmadinejad extended his felicitations to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, and the Iranian as well as world’s free nations on the occasion.
He further reminded the Iranian scientists’ access to the nuclear fuel production cycle (at laboratory scale) last year, and said, “When the news was announced, the Iranian nation grew cheerful. The event enhanced self-belief among the Iranian people who praised the young scientists of their country for the achievement.”
“On the 22nd of Bahman (February 11), the Iranian nation demonstrated its insistence on its nuclear rights and it actually stabilized its right of access to nuclear technology,” the president said.
“Access to this technology is a symbol of (our) talent and it is a prelude to longer strides in the area of science and technology,” he continued.
Ahmadinejad also reminded his country’s giant achievements in the different areas of industry, agriculture and health during the last year, saying that despite all efforts made by enemies to block Iran’s progress, the Iranian nation succeeded in making giant accomplishments through relying on its own talents and creativities.
Earlier in the same ceremony, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency (IAEO) Gholam Reza Aghazadeh said that his country has succeeded in entering the phase of industrial nuclear fuel production following its significant technological progress at Natanz enrichment facility.
“After it succeeded in completing two cascades of 164 centrifuges, Iran has now gained full access to the required know-how for producing nuclear fuel at industrial scale,” he said.
The ceremony was attended by Iranian president, high-ranking officials and MPs as well as more than 45 ambassadors of foreign countries to Tehran and representatives of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Troika.
Political analysts described Iran’s entrance to the phase of semi-industrial nuclear fuel production as “a no return point” establishing the Islamic Republic as a nuclear state.