Iran announces  development of its own Cesium-137 radioisotope as  new nuclear feat

For the first time, Cesium-137 radionuclide, which was previously imported, has been produced by Iranian nuclear researchers.

Iran (IMNA) - Mohammad Eslami, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), attended the unveiling of the material, which has a variety of industrial and medicinal uses, on Sunday during an expo in Tehran.

Radioactive atomic variants of elements are known as radionuclides or radioisotopes. In a nuclear reactor, they are primarily created by exposing suitable target materials to the neutron flow for the right amount of time.

Cesium-137 radionuclide, which has a half-life of 30 years, can only be found in radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. It is not present in nature.

Radiation devices, brachytherapy, radiotherapy, calibration springs, and numerous industrial gauge types all make use of it.

Additionally, the substance is necessary for the radiation of other items such as food, cosmetics, and blood.

Iran's nuclear program has advanced significantly in recent years despite Western sanctions and threats. Tehran has often reaffirmed that its nuclear program is exclusively intended for non-military uses.

Iran's interactions with the IAEA are limited to those related to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) and the safeguards agreement.

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