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Iran says can make own nuclear fuel plates, rods

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi declared in a report Saturday that Iran is now capable of making its own nuclear fuel plates and rods, technology the West says the Islamic republic does not possess.

Two Iranian technicians at the zirconium production plant inside the Isfahan nuclear facility

Salehi, the driving force behind Iran’s contentious atomic programme, said the country has completed the construction of a facility in the central city of Isfahan to the fuel plates and rods which power nuclear reactors.


“We have built an advanced manufacturing unit in the Isfahan site for the fuel plates,” Salehi, who is also acting foreign minister, told Fars news agency in what was said to be an exclusive interview.


“A grand transformation has taken place in the production of (nuclear) plates and rods. With the completion of the unit in Isfahan, we are one of the few countries which can produce fuel rods and fuel plates.”


Salehi said it was the Western policies towards the Islamic republic which had propelled its nuclear achievements, including the making of nuclear plates and rods.


“This is in fact because of West’s actions that we came to this point,” he said.


“What we say is based on reality and truth. There is no exaggeration or deception in our work. It is them who do not want to believe that Iran has no intention, but to obtain nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.”


The West led by the United States suspects that Iran’s nuclear programme masks a weapons drive, a charge Tehran vehemently denies.


On November 23, Salehi had told state news agency IRNA that Iran would produce the nuclear fuel required for a research reactor in Tehran by September 2011.


“By the month of Shahrivar next year (September 2011), we will produce fuel for the reactor,” said Salehi, who is also one of Iran’s vice presidents.


Western powers have repeatedly said Iran does not possess the technology to make the actual nuclear fuel plates required to power the Tehran research reactor which makes medical isotopes.


In February 2010, Iran started refining uranium to 20 percent with the purpose of using it to make the plates that could power the reactor.


That came amid a deadlock with world powers over a nuclear fuel swap deal drafted by the UN atomic watchdog and aimed at providing fuel for the research unit.


Salehi told Fars Iran has now produced nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium enriched to the 20-percent level, despite Western calls for Tehran to suspend the work.


“We have nearly 40 kilograms of 20-percent enriched uranium,” he said in the interview.


The Islamic republic is under four sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, the process at the centre of fears about Iran’s atomic work.


Enriched uranium can be used as fuel to power nuclear reactors as well as to make the fissile core of an atom bomb.


Salehi’s latest declaration comes ahead of the next round of talks in Istanbul between Iran and the six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear programme.


On Friday, an aide to European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the talks could resume from January 20.


“It’s a tentative date we’re looking at… We have positive feedback from Iran,” Ashton’s spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told AFP, adding the talks were expected to last one and half days.


A previous round of talks between Iran and six world powers — Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany — spearheaded by Ashton, took place in Geneva on December 6-7.


That round followed a 14-month hiatus in the talks on Iran’s nuclear programme.



 

Source: SGGP

Japan eyes building its own GPS system

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

 Japan is considering launching new satellites to establish its own global positioning system (GPS) in a bid to reduce its reliance on the US navigation network, officials said on Wednesday.


In September, Japan launched a rocket carrying its first satellite intended to improve GPS systems widely used by Japanese motorists for navigation as well as by aviation and maritime operators.


The government’s space development strategy headquarters, headed by Prime Minister Naoto Kan, is now discussing plans to launch additional satellites, said an official.


“There is a proposal that our country should secure its own GPS as it is now fully relying on the US system,” the official said.


“The new system may also open our opportunity for marketing GPS services to other Asian countries,” he said, adding that the government plans to reach a final decision by August.

A Japanese rocket takes off carrying satellites at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima prefecture in the south of the country

The Yomiuri Shimbun daily reported on Wednesday that Japan had decided to launch six to seven new satellites to establish its own GPS system by 2014 and 2015 to cover the entire Asia-Pacific region.


By using both the new satellites and American GPS in combination, Japan could raise the degree of precision of car navigation systems 10-fold, the mass-circulation said.


The government plans to charge private GPS operators some 13 billion yen (158 million dollars) per year for using the system as it would cost more than 200 billion yen to launch six satellites, it said.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam to have own fleet for flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment by 2015

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm




Vietnam to have own fleet for flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment by 2015


QĐND – Saturday, November 27, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

According to the Vietnam Air Traffic Technical Company (ATTECH), Vietnam will have its own fleet for flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment by 2015.


So far, Vietnam’s aviation industry has been trying to fulfill the goal of its own flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment by 2010, said Mr. Trinh Van Hai, ATTECH’s Director.


Vietnam has been preparing, studying and implementing several practices in flight inspection as well as upgrading it to meet the strict requirements by the aviation industry.


Previously, Vietnam had to commission flight inspection from foreign companies. Because Navaids and Surveillance equipment did not meet ICAO’s standards, causing increases in flight inspection fees, USD 800.000 to 1 million each flight.


Flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment have already been carried out at northern airports, it is projected at airports in central and southern regions in the near future.


Vietnam is expected to have its own fleet of flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment to meet international standards.


Reported by Song Ha/ Photo: vasco.com.vn


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Decree helps overseas Vietnamese own houses

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Construction on Sept. 10 issued a draft decree that will make it easier for Viet Kieu (Overseas Vietnamese) to own homes in Vietnam .

The bill amends and supplements article No 126 of the Housing Law on home ownership for overseas Vietnamese. The draft law, which has been submitted to the Government for approval, will divide overseas Vietnamese allowed to buy houses in Vietnam into three categories.

Vietnamese citizens living abroad who retain their Vietnamese nationality will be eligible to buy an unlimited number of houses in Vietnam .

Those of Vietnamese origin who have not retained their Vietnamese citizenship will also be allowed to own an unlimited number of house in Vietnam if they are married to a Vietnamese citizen living in the country, have made significant contributions to the country or are university graduates who are working in Vietnam ’s socio-economic sectors.

Those of Vietnamese origin who have been in Vietnam for at least six months or hold a visa-exemption certificate will be permitted to own a single residence in the country.

If the changes are adopted, nearly two million out of three million overseas Vietnamese will be eligible to buy houses in Vietnam , according to the ministry.

“The move is aimed at encouraging more overseas Vietnamese own houses in Vietnam , thus creating more equality in home-ownership rights for Vietnamese citizens both at home and abroad,” said Minister of Construction Nguyen Hong Quan.

The current regulation stipulates that overseas Vietnamese can only own property in the country if: they are of Vietnamese origin and long-term investors in Vietnam, scientists or cultural experts, they have made significant contributions to the country, or are entitled to live in Vietnam for a protracted period of time.

Under the current regulation, overseas Vietnamese who have been staying in Vietnam for at least six months are allowed to own just one residence in the country.-

130 overseas Vietnamese own apartments in HCM City

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2008 at 1:23 pm

– So far, as many as 130 overseas Vietnamese have bought houses in Ho Chi Minh City , according to the municipal Committee for Overseas Vietnamese.

Those include long-term investors, scientists or cultural experts who return home to work or have been allowed to live in the country for a long time.

To buy houses, buyers must show their Vietnamese-issued passports, together with papers proving that they are eligible subjects.

Buyers holding foreign passports must show certificates of Vietnamese nationality, certificates of loss of Vietnamese nationality or citizenship registration certificates.-