Iran has launched construction work on the largest and most modern Gamma-ray beam facility in the Middle East in the western part of the country.
Present at the ceremony to launch the construction of the facility was Deputy Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Qannadi who highlighted the importance of nuclear technology in today's world, reported IRNA.
“The realm of nuclear research in today's world has become so vast that no industry will thrive without nuclear technology,” he underlined.
He pointed to the role of nuclear technology in the field of medicine and said such knowhow is used to treat diseases such as osteoporosis and thyroid cancer, and to diagnose dangerous conditions.
The top official also underscored that Iran's nuclear progress is irreversible.
Iran has had great successes in nuclear research, and used the technology for a whole range of civilian purposes, namely the production of radio-medicines.
As a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, Iran insists on its legal right to utilize nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
This comes as the West, particularly the US, accuses Tehran of pursuing a nuclear weapons program.
Iran has categorically dismissed the allegation as baseless, maintaining that its atomic program is merely aimed at peaceful purposes.