Iran installing upgraded centrifuges (UPDATE)

Nuclear Program Materials 19 July 2011 13:36 (UTC +04:00)
Iran is testing and installing a new generation of speedier and high-quality centrifuges.
Iran installing upgraded centrifuges (UPDATE)

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Azerbaijan, Baku, July 19 /Trend/

Iran is testing and installing a new generation of speedier and high-quality centrifuges, Mehr News Agency reported quoting Iranian foreign minister spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying.

"We are installing a new generation of centrifuges under IAEA's supervision and this fact confirms Iran's nuclear progress," Mehmanparast told at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

Mehmanparast added that IAEA is fully aware about Iran's nuclear activities.

Earlier, in June, the Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Fereidoun 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 plants to in its territory.

Iran has repeatedly stated that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes of providing energy, but many other countries contend that it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons and last June the Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions against it, citing the proliferation risks of its nuclear programme and its continued failure to cooperate with the IAEA.

The issue has been of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.