Iran says 7,000 centrifuges at uranium enrichment plant
ISFAHAN, Iran, April 9 (AFP) Apr 09, 2009
Iran's atomic chief Gholam Reza Aghazadeh on Thursday declared the Islamic republic has installed around 7,000 centrifuges at its Natanz uranium enrichment facility.
"Today in Natanz there are around 7,000 centrifuges installed," Aghazadeh told a gathering in the central province of Isfahan as Iran marked its national nuclear day.
He also said Iran had reached a "new phase (generation) of acquiring the technolgy of uranium enrichment."
In its February 19 report, the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency said 3,964 centrifuges were actively enriching uranium in Natanz.
It said another 1,476 were undergoing vacuum or dry run tests without nuclear material, and an additional 125 centrifuges had been installed but remained stationary.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.