Iran's heavy water ranks first in world in terms of quality: AEOI Spox
A spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran reveals that European countries are interested in obtaining heavy water from Tehran.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), confirmed on Saturday that Iran's heavy water ranks first in the world in terms of quality, Iranian media reported.
In an interview, Kamalvandi revealed that European countries are interested in obtaining heavy water from Tehran, noting that Iran offers one liter of heavy water for $1,000.
Discussing the nuclear industry's impact on people's lives, the Iranian official explained that it has an impact on power, agriculture, and radiopharmaceuticals, among others.
He also highlighted that "about 40% of our scientists in the nuclear industry are women," adding that Iranian women play a vital role in Iran's nuclear field.
Touching on Tehran's ties with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Kamalvandi indicated that despite some ups and downs, Iran has attempted to develop a balanced relationship with the agency, pointing out that ties between the two are improving.
In mid-April, Kamalvandi praised the high quality of the heavy water produced in Iran, revealing that Washington was once seeking to buy heavy water from Tehran.
He touched on the AEOI’s accomplishments in using nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, including for the development of highly needed medicines and agricultural production processes.
"We should know that the heavy water produced in Iran is among the best in the world and even the Americans were once trying to purchase it after they analyzed its properties," the Iranian official pointed out.
The AEOI spokesperson also revealed that US officials have pointed to the high quality of the heavy water produced in Iran in various documents.
The Iranian news agency Fars reported that in recent years, Iran has turned into an exporter of heavy water to foreign states.
It also cited Iranian nuclear officials as saying that Iran is producing enough heavy water inside the country and is exporting the surplus to several other states.
The agency noted that in May 2016, the then-head of AEOI, Ali Akbar Salehi, announced that several European states have shown interest in obtaining Iranian heavy water supplies.