Iran begins designing nuclear subs

Iran begins designing nuclear subs | The Times of Israel.

Navy official claims military ships fall into civilian use category

Illustrative photo of a nuclear attack submarine, the USS Columbus. (photo credit: US Navy via Wikimedia Commons)

Illustrative photo of a nuclear attack submarine, the USS Columbus. (photo credit: US Navy via Wikimedia Commons)
June 12, 2012, 12:37 pm
Illustrative photo of a nuclear attack submarine, the USS Columbus. (photo credit: US Navy via Wikimedia Commons)

TEHRAN , Iran (AP) — A semiofficial Iranian news agency is reporting that the country has begun to design its first nuclear submarine.

The Tuesday report by Fars quotes the deputy navy chief in charge of technical affairs, Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini, as saying Iran has begun “initial stages” of designing the nuclear-powered craft.

Rear Adm. Zamini says Iran has developed “peaceful nuclear technology” and that the right to civilian uses of nuclear power includes military nuclear submarines.

Iran and the West are odds over Tehran’s nuclear program. The US suspects it is aimed at developing weapons technology, a charge Iran denies.

Iran has domestically built several small submarines over the past years. It has recently overhauled one of the three non-nuclear Russian Kilo-class submarines it bought in the 1990s.

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One Comment on “Iran begins designing nuclear subs”

  1. boudicabpi Says:

    Reblogged this on Boudica BPI Weblog and commented:
    More peaceful uses by Iran of nuclear power!


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