The following is an article that appeared on the English language website of Iran's "Islamic Republic News Agency." It appears that Iran also wants to get involved in the nanotechnology development, quite seriously; however, only time will tell if Iran indeed wants to develop this for constructive, or destructive purposes. The specifics of the Initiative were not disclosed. Would it not be nice to get a copy of the "20-Year Vision Plan"?
President calls for setting up of national nanotechnology organ
Tehran, July 15, IRNA
Iran-President-nanotechnology President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who chairs the High Council for Cultural Revolution on Saturday issued the strategy for development of nanotechnology in the country. He advised First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi to organize national headquarters for development of nanotechnology. "You are expected to adopt necessary strategies to give incentives for experts, scientific, research and industrial centers, and the state and private companies to go ahead with nanotechnology. "Considering the 20-Year Vision Plan for Economic, Social and Cultural Development (2005-2025) which has given preference to nanotechnology and the 10-year program for nanotechnology adopted by High Council for Cultural Revolution, all the government organizations are responsible to spend special amount of money envisaged in their annual budgets for this purpose," said the president. He urged the national headquarters to give report on progress of nano-technology to the High Council for Cultural Revolution every six-month in order to remove any possible obstacle.