DUBAI: Iran started installing a new generation of uranium enrichment machines at its Natanz nuclear site last month, Iran’s atomic energy organisation chief was quoted as saying today by Iranian media.
Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani was quoted as saying by the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) that from last month the installation of the new generation of these machines started in the Shahid Ahmadi Roshan complex (Natanz).
They have produced the machines as planned and they are carrying out the installation gradually to complete the tests relevant to the new generation.
The U.N. nuclear watchdog had told its member states that Iran had announced plans to install and operate advanced uranium enrichment machines, in what would be a technological leap allowing it to significantly speed up activity that the West fears could be used to develop a nuclear weapon.
An IAEA communication to member states seen by Reuters on Jan. 31 said Tehran would introduce the new IR2-m centrifuges to its main enrichment plant near the central town of Natanz.
According to the Fars news agency, Abbasi-Davani also said today that the new generation of centrifuges were specifically for lower-grade enrichment of uranium below 5 percent purity, and not the higher-grade enrichment to 20 percent that most worries the West.