Ahmadinejad: Iran to Start Operating 5,000 New Centrifuges

Image: Ahmadinejad: Iran to Start Operating 5,000 New Centrifuges

Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 09:45 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
According to outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 5,000 new centrifuges are ready to start operating at the country's nuclear facilities. These are in addition to the 12,000 centrifuges already in operation, he told Iran’s IRIBI Television.
 
The Iranian statement follows concerns expressed by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano over Iran's controversial nuclear program.
 
The IAEA said in June that Tehran was violating international regulations by increasing the number of centrifuges.
 
While the West fears Iran is making steady progress towards nuclear weapons, Tehran insists its uranium enrichment is only for peaceful purposes.
 
Editor's Note: Should ObamaCare Be Repealed? Vote in Urgent National Poll
 
Meanwhile, the International Business Times reports that a U.S. think tank stated that Iran may be able to achieve weapons-grade uranium by mid-2014.
 
The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said Iran could achieve this by installing thousands of centrifuges at its Natanz and Fordow nuclear facilities.
 
"Iran could have time to make enough weapon-grade uranium for one or more nuclear weapons," ISIS said in a July report.
 
The ISIS said the IAEA should inspect the facilities more frequently, stating: "IAEA inaction or caution could make an international response all but impossible before Iran has produced enough weapon-grade uranium for one or more nuclear weapons."
 
The ISIS report adds that "by themselves these measures are not sufficient if Iran reaches critical capability."
 
Citing images of Iranian nuclear sites obtained from commercial satellites, the group has said Tehran was trying to hide the links between its Lashkar Ab'ad nuclear facility and firms involved in laser technology.
 
At the Lashkar Ab'ad site, experiments that involved enriching uranium through laser isotope separation have been conducted in the past. However, IAEA officials, who probed the facility, say lasers are used for civilian purposes.
 
Ahmadinejad has stated that Iran has developed the technology to enrich uranium to higher purity levels through lasers.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Driver Slams Into Pedestrians in France's Second 'Allahu Akbar' Attack

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 21:39 PM

A driver shouting Allahu Akbar ( God is greatest ) plowed into pedestrians in eastern France Sunday, injuring 11 of th . . .

Australian Woman Charged With Murder of 8 Children

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 19:54 PM

A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next . . .

Elton John, David Furnish Marry in England

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 16:36 PM

Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day the . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved