Tehran: Iran has started designing the country’s first nuclear submarine, according to a report.
The state-media quoted the deputy navy chief in charge of technical affairs, Admiral Abbas Zamini, as saying that Iran has begun ‘initial stages’ of designing the nuclear-powered craft.
He stressed that Iran has developed ‘peaceful nuclear technology’ and has both the capability and the right to build a submarine, The Telegraph reports.
The move could further raise tensions between the Islamic country and West.
Western countries are at odds over Tehran`s nuclear programme, and the US suspects it is aimed at developing weapons technology, a charge Iran denies.
Iran has domestically built several small submarines over the past years.
It has recently overhauled one of the three non-nuclear Russian Kilo-class submarines it bought in 1990s.