Iran determined to export nuclear products: AEOI director

March 14, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN - Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Fereydoun Abbasi Davani has said that Iran is determined to lay the foundations for the export of nuclear products to other countries.

Abbasi Davani made the remarks during a speech at a conference on national resistance and passive defense which was held at the IRIB International Conference Center in Tehran on Sunday.
The AEOI director stated that Iran must take the measures necessary to enable it to export domestically manufactured nuclear products and provide other states with services that will help them access nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes.
He said, “All this requires that international standards be met and the products and facilities enjoy high durability. All these measures will enable us to plan for the future. However, the main condition to be met is to reduce vulnerability (to external threats) at this juncture and in the coming years so that we will be successful.”
Abbasi Davani added, “We must have cooperation with others because (the lack of cooperation) could serve as a deterring factor for us, and currently we are carrying out some preliminary work in this regard.”
Nuclear facilities must meet highest safety standards
Elsewhere in his remarks, Abbasi Davani stated that the country’s nuclear facilities must meet the highest safety standards.
He stated, “The precision of the measuring instruments, the purity of the materials used in nuclear activities, the use of those materials in other industries, paying attention to efficient management in industry, and other methods of research and exploitation are other issues that must be addressed.”
Threat of cyber attacks must be seriously addressed
The AEOI director also said that the threat of cyber attacks launched against Iran by the enemies has not been addressed sufficiently and vulnerabilities exist.
Abbasi Davani added that the main target of the enemies’ cyber attacks is the country’s nuclear facilities, and “we witnessed the enemies’ efforts to spread the Stuxnet computer virus.”
In July 2010, media reports claimed that Stuxnet had targeted industrial computers around the globe, with Iran being the main target of the attack. The reports stated that the Bushehr nuclear power plant was at the center of the cyber attack.
However, on February 25, the International Atomic Energy Organization reported that Iran’s nuclear facilities have not been affected by the Stuxnet computer virus since the country’s production of low-enriched uranium is higher than it was last fall.
Abbasi Davani also said that the country’s passive defense must be strengthened in all areas, particularly in the nuclear area.
Passive defense refers to the measures taken to reduce the probability of and to minimize the effects of damage caused by hostile action without the intention of taking the initiative.