Iran to develop n-propulsion, cites US ‘violation’ of deal

Tehran, Dec 13 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday ordered the national nuclear agency to start developing nuclear propulsion capability for naval transportation and said the move was a response to the “violation” of the nuclear deal with Iran by the US.

Nuclear propulsion uses a nuclear power reactor to generate electricity on a vessel. Such systems are best known for their use on strategic nuclear submarines, which allow them to stay submerged for weeks avoiding detection. Nuclear propulsion is also used on some big surface ships like aircraft carriers or ice-breakers.