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Iran Hails Gains in Nuclear Medicine

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TEHRAN, May 19 (ICANA) – The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has hailed the country's achievements in the field of nuclear medicine, condemning Western sanctions on Tehran.
Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:24:48 PM
Iran Hails Gains in Nuclear Medicine

AEOI Deputy Director Mohammad Qannadi on Thursday praised Iran's success in producing radio medicines soon after the UN Security Council voted for new sanctions against Iran in March 2007 to cripple its peaceful nuclear activities.

“Shortly after these sanctions, the experts in this organization [AEOI] managed to produce the radio medicines the country needed,” said Qannadi during his speech at the inauguration ceremony of the 3rd International Congress and 15th Annual Meeting of Nuclear Medicine in Tehran.

The Iranian official highlighted the significance of the fledgling field of nuclear medicine and the essential role of radio medicines in the diagnosis of a number of fatal diseases.

“For instance, between 800,000 and one million Iranians use the generator gel molybdenum-99/technetium-99m in at least 130 nuclear medical centers across the country,” he said, putting the figure at an annual 40 million around the globe.

Qannadi further lashed out at the West for imposing sanctions against Iran -- under pressure from the United States -- as a “dastardly move,” saying Iran has produced its required radio medicines through the AEOI as early as the 1970s.

In the summer of 2007, patients in the country faced serious problems procuring radio medicines but the AEOI managed to break the sanctions in a month's time and join the producers of radio medicines, the Iranian official said.

In June 2010, the Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over allegations that the country is pursuing a military nuclear program.

Iran rejects the allegations, saying as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it has the right to use peaceful nuclear technology.

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