Iran Eyes Regional Cooperation on Nuclear Industry

Iran has plans to promote cooperation with the regional countries, particularly the Persian Gulf neighbors, on the employment of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said.

In an interview with al-Alam News Network on Sunday, Kamalvandi said the neighboring countries need to immediately set aside the Western-inspired notion of a threat posed by Iran, and called for the expansion of cooperation even in the field of peaceful nuclear energy.

There exist abundant opportunities for cooperation with the neighbors, especially in the Persian Gulf region, he added.

Kamalvandi also pointed to a series of plans for closer regional cooperation on the nuclear industry, saying they will be unveiled in future.

More reciprocal visits between Iran and the regional countries will set the ground for cooperation in various nuclear fields, such as medicine and agriculture, he explained.

The spokesman further noted that Iran’s centrifuge machines can help development of the region’s oil and gas industries at a reasonable price.

Global enthusiasm for nuclear cooperation with Iran has grown after implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a lasting nuclear agreement between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

The deal has enabled Iran to enter the international nuclear trade, leaving it with the option to work with many nuclear countries.

France, Spain, South Korea and many other countries have expressed willingness to work with Iran in the nuclear industry.