Official: Iran to run Fordo N-site in 6 months
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 20 /Trend/
Iran would run its nuclear Fordo site by next 6 months, the Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani said, ISNA reported.
"Centrifuge machines and installations in Fordo site are being completed and it would be launched in 6 months," Abbasi said in a press conference in Vienna on Monday.
"We are ready to install and transfer centrifuges into Fordo site. We are not in hurry that much since we have stored sufficient 20-percent enriched uranium and we are trying to expand the lifespan of centrifuges."
Abbasi who traveled to Vienna Saturday dawn said on Monday there is no hidden nuclear activity or materials in Iran.
"Iran's years-long nuclear work during its cooperation process with the IAEA as well as reports circulated by the agency's inspectors show there is no hidden activity in Iran's nuclear drive and that visits have come successfully," he told reporters in Vienna Monday after the 55th meeting of the IAEA General Conference.
"Iran's main message for the conference is that atomic energy and its achievements should be equal and impartial for all nations. We reiterated that nobody should possess nuclear weapons."
Abbasi also rejected claims on lack of Iran's cooperation with the IAEA and said, "They are making a mistake and are launching propaganda. Iran's years-long nuclear work during its cooperation process by the IAEA as well as reports circulated by the agency's inspectors shows there is no hidden material in Iran's nuclear drive and visits came successfully. Our nuclear products and materials are under the IAEA monitoring and there is no concealed material in Iranian nuclear activities."
In June, Abbasi announced that Iran is going to install 164-centrifuge cascades of new generation machines soon and to triple the production of 20-percent enriched uranium.
He added the centrifuges would be installed both in Fordo and Natanz nuclear facilities.
Abbasi underlined that Iran intends to produce 20-percent enriched fuel in Fordo nuclear facilities under the IAEA supervision.
In November 2009, Iran announced about its plan to build ten new enrichment facilities in its territory.
Enriched uranium is used both to produce nuclear weapons and as fuel for nuclear power plants. The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied the charges, saying its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity and producing isotopes to treat medical patients.
Edited by T.Konyayeva