Nuke director: Iran not building nuclear submarines

The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization told a state sponsored news service that Iran has no plans right now to develop a nuclear powered submarine despite the recent support inside Iran’s parliament.

U.S. officials essentially scoffed at this idea pointing out how young Iran’s nuclear program still is. To think the country’s scientists could design a reactor to power a submarine seemed far fetched.

The move by Iran’s parliament to draft a bill to enrich uranium to a point it could power a submarine’s nuclear reactor was more or less a symbolic move of defiance in the face of international sanctions imposed on Iran because of its nuclear program, defense analysts have said.

Fereydoun Abbasi Davani, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization director, made sure to point out that Iran did have the ability to design a nuclear submarine. It just hasn’t started, yet.

“We don’t have a plan right now in this area,” Abbasi Davani said.

He insisted that Iran’s nuclear program is focused solely on non-military interests and enrichment activities remain in Tehran. If Iran changes its mind in respect to developing a nuclear submarine, Abbasi Davani said the government would notify the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency.

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  • TLAM Strike

    “Fereydoun Abbasi Davani, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization director, made sure to point out that Iran did have the ability to design a nuclear submarine. It just hasn’t started, yet.”

    I have that ability. Most 3rd graders have that ability.

    Iran you have to first design and build a successful conventional submarine. Building subs from kits shipped in from North Korea is going to get you nowhere.

    I hope they try, the cost of setting up the program would finish bankrupting them. Their currency is already in the toilet as it is.

  • Mastro

    “The move by Iran’s parliament to draft a bill to enrich uranium to a point it could power a submarine’s nuclear reactor was more or less a symbolic move of defiance in the face of international sanctions imposed on Iran because of its nuclear program, ”

    So basically its another lame excuse to have an enrichment program- I guess the medical isotope industry excuse is wearing a bit thin?

  • Lance

    Every one know naval power isn’t one of Iran’s wants. it wants warheads for there missiles.

  • blight_

    A strange tidbit from the past: Did you know Brazil wants nuclear submarines too?
    http://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2009-06

    • TLAM Strike

      Argentina has been saying it was to retrofit a nuclear plant on its 1/2 finished TR-1700 class submarine as well.

  • Musson

    Nuclear subs utilize reactors with much higher grade enriched uranium than commercial reactors.

    I think they are saving their highly enriched uranium for some other project.

  • sev

    I’m sorry but did the politicians really scoff at the idea that Iran could get reactor designs from Russia?

  • David

    Everyone crucifies Iran and they deserve some of that.

    Let’s not forget that our so called “ally” Israel has and continues to spy very heavily on America. 3rd behind China and Russia. More so than all Arab countries combined.. But for some reason we do nothing about that….

    • Rob

      Spying on Allies has multiple benefits.

      Iran is no threat. Any aggression by them and NATO+Isreal+much of the Arab League will be all over them.

      BUT if we are aggressive then we have to contend with China and Russia backing Iran.

      Personally I feel we should stop sanctioning Iran. Asia benefits everytime we do it.

      Remember, the planet has 196 countries. All with their own agendas and needs.

  • blight_

    The push to nuclear started under the Shah, who commenced Bushehr. If they didn’t hate any and everything the Pahlavis started, they would have invoked that to say that Iran is still committed to peaceful nuclear power.

  • mehrdad

    tebghe mamool goh khori ziadi kardan daran jamesh mikonan hala :)

  • BillFHM3C

    They don’t need to make one, they can buy one and reverse engineer it. Plain & simple.

    • TLAM Strike

      They could, and any country that sold them it would be in violation of UNSCR 1737 (nuclear related materials) 1747 (arms incl. warships), and the US Navy could stop, search and very likely seize such a craft or its delivery vessel under UNSCR 1803.

      Just like when we inspected some of the midget submarines North Korea sold to Iran. Technically they were not designed for combat so we had to let them go. Iran then retrofitted some light weight torpedo tubes on to them (something they are not going to pull off with a real SSN).

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