Turkey, Too, Has Nuclear Ambitions (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 06/01/12)
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Turkey’s first particle accelerator facility which Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims will serve the health sector and aims to
diminish dependence on external markets opened yesterday near Ankara
by the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK), reported The Hurriyet
“This facility will serve as the hub of nuclear technology as we are
preparing to generate nuclear energy,” Erdogan said during the
facility’s opening ceremony, adding that research on nuclear physics,
electronics and space studies will be carried out in the facility.
Turkey has expressed commitment to building two nuclear plants by
2023, in a move the Turkish leader claims is intended to lessen its
dependence on carbon fuels and generate cheaper electricity.
“In 10 years, the consumption of electricity will be doubled.
Unfortunately, parallel to the increase of our energy consumption,
energy prices are rising. That’s why we prefer nuclear plants,” he
The Turkish Prime Minister states that the proton accelerator
facility will be used mainly to produce equipment needed in nuclear
medicine, such as magnetic resonance imaging and tomography, which
Turkey spends $10 million annually to import. “Hereafter, we will be
able to produce these equipments in our own facility,” he added.
The accelerator technology is one of the significant generic
technologies and has a leading role in scientific studies ranging
from biology to metallurgy.
However, Erdogan’s claims that Turkey’s nuclear ambitions remain
doubtful, at best, as he has criticized the international community
for singling out Iran on nuclear issues.
According to Erdoğan, every country has the right to have nuclear
energy facilities. “You have to be fair. You will overlook the
insecure plants in Armenia, Israel’s nuclear activities but you will
spark crisis over Iran. This is not fair.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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