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IAEA official visits nuclear reactor, commends Jordan’s cooperation

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AMMAN — During a visit to the Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR) at the University of Science and Technology on Sunday, Deputy Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Hua Liu underscored Jordan’s active and prominent role in cooperating with the agency as a key partner, Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

Liu emphasized the IAEA’s support for Jordan in the domains of health, agriculture, water desalination, and mining, saying that nuclear energy offers a range of peaceful applications. He also underlined the agency’s commitment to working with Jordan to accomplish initiatives related to the Jordanian nuclear program, such as electricity generation and water desalination, and praised the country’s progress in this area.

Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), Khaled Toukan, said that access to “peaceful nuclear energy” is a sovereign right of every nation, emphasizing the importance of nuclear safety systems. Jordan is fully committed to nuclear safety and standards, as well as the IAEA Safeguards, to ensure the success of any nuclear program, he said.

The Jordanian reactor, according to JRTR Director Samer Kahook, is “one of the most advanced and modern reactors in the Arab region,” and it is used for training, scientific research, and the manufacture of medicinal radioisotopes.

When operating the reactor, he continued, all measurements are taken and relevant environmental assessments are completed in order to meet the agency’s requirements as well as the highest international standards for nuclear safety and security.

He added that the Jordanian reactor is the only one of its kind in the Arab Mashreq countries and that it houses a nuclear reactor, a training and educational center, and facilities for the manufacture and processing of medical radioactive isotopes. It also has 11 hot cells and a dedicated facility for dealing with low-level radioactive waste and radioactive medium.


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