Analyst: Iran's Bargaining Power Boosted by N. Success
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's nuclear progress boosts the country's bargaining power in the international arena as it displays attainment of premeditated goals by the Islamic Republic and proves Tehran's claims about the civilian nature of its nuclear activities, an analyst said.
Deputy Head of the Strategic Studies Center of Expediency Council Mahmoud Vaezi told FNA here on Saturday that the completion of Iran's nuclear fuel production cycle is a basic step in proving Tehran's claims that it intends to use enriched uranium to fuel its power plants, and described Tehran's recent progress in producing nuclear fuel as a practical answer to West's negative propaganda about Iran's enrichment activities.
Iran announced on Thursday that it had accomplished its home-made nuclear fuel production cycle after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated a nuclear Fuel Manufacturing Plant (FMP) in Isfahan to load the country's heavy and light water reactors, ending West's propaganda that Iran intends to use the enriched uranium for making atomic bombs.
"Today, the US and the West speak of using nuclear energy and claim that countries can use this energy under tight inspections to prevent (their possible) deviation and these are exactly the same words Iran had said from the beginning," he added.
Noting that Iran's practical and transparent move caused the strengthening of its position in the region and the world, Vaezi reiterated that if the West wants to have a better position in the region, it should "relinquish its inimical policies against Iran".
The launch of the Isfahan facility is deemed as a major breakthrough as it marks Iran's mastery of the final stage of the lengthy nuclear fuel production process.
The FMP in Isfahan will convert enriched uranium hexafluoride into uranium dioxide (UO2) powder which will later be processed into pellet form.
The pellets will then be stacked into tubes of corrosion-resistant metal alloy called fuel rods.
The finished fuel rods will then be assembled together to build up the nuclear fuel core of a power reactor.