President Hassan Rouhani reiterated Iran’s commitment to nuclear non-proliferation on Saturday while overseeing the launch of nuclear achievements, including advanced centrifuges, to mark National Nuclear Technology Day.
Rouhani ordered the injection of uranium gas into 164 IR-6 centrifuges, 30 IR-5 centrifuges, and mechanical tests on IR-9 machines with the capacity of 50 early IR-1 machines at Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment plant in a ceremony broadcast by national television.
The ceremony unveiled 133 advances in the provinces of Tehran, Markazi, Isfahan, Alborz and Qom in Iran’s nuclear industry in the fields of medicine, power, agriculture, energy, enrichment, heavy water and deuterium compounds, radiopharmaceuticals and lasers.
“Once again, I stress that all our nuclear activities are peaceful and for non-military purposes,” Rouhani said in televised remarks, according to Reuters.
“As the Leader [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] has repeatedly stated, in our religion, pursuing a weapon that can be a great danger to a large community is forbidden,” he noted.
“We continue to be committed to our pledge to NPT (the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) and to the world not to deviate militarily from our nuclear program,” Rouhani said.
The centrifuges started up on Saturday allow uranium to be enriched more quickly and in greater amounts than Iran’s first generation devices, which are the only ones that a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers allows the country to use.
Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the US, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China in 2015.
However, Washington’s exit in May 2018 and the subsequent reimposition of unilateral sanctions against Tehran left the future of the historic agreement in limbo, Press TV wrote.
Tehran remained fully compliant with the JCPOA for an entire year, waiting for the co-signatories to fulfill their end of the bargain by offsetting the impacts of Washington’s bans on the Iranian economy.
As the European parties failed to do so, Tehran moved in May 2019 to scale down its JCPOA commitments under articles 26 and 36 of the agreement covering Tehran’s legal rights.
Nuclear work legalized under JCPOA
Rouhani said one of the honorable effects of the JCPOA was that it completely legalized the nuclear industry in Iran and the rights of the Iranian people were restored.
“Since 2015, Iran’s nuclear activities have been completely legalized and the pretext has been taken away from the enemies,” he said.
Rouhani also said his government “seriously and fundamentally” developed the nuclear industry contrary to the lies of some people who claimed that it shut down the industry.
The president also thanked Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), and the staff of the organization, for the 133 nuclear achievements made over the past year.
The event also marked the unveiling of a number of radiopharmaceutical products, which Rouhani described as very important.
Addressing the ceremony, Salehi said Iran seeks to increase its nuclear activities under international regulations.
The nuclear chief said despite all the restrictions and sanctions, the AEOI worked on various projects in the field of nuclear science and technology.