Iran, France Mull Nuclear Cooperation

The Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) unveiled plans for cooperation with France in the nuclear field, saying several other countries are also eager to work with Iran in the field after implementation of a lasting nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Talks have been held with France on nuclear cooperation, Ali Akbar Salehi told the YJC news agency on Saturday.

“There is a megaproject in France, called ITER, and preparations have been made for (nuclear) cooperation (with ITER),” Salehi added, but did not offer details on the program.

He also said the list of countries that have expressed readiness to launch nuclear cooperation with Iran includes South Korea, Japan and China, noting that Italy and Germany have also voiced preparedness to work with Iran in scientific fields.

Rising interests in nuclear cooperation with Iran follows the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a lasting nuclear deal between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) that took effect on January 16.

The JCPOA has terminated all nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, reopened the doors of foreign investment to the country’s market, and prepared the ground for a much-anticipated economic boom.