Iran is aiming to install at least 3,000 centrifuges at a key nuclear plant, the government spokesman said, confirming Tehran would make a major announcement on its atomic programme next month.
“We are heading towards a production of nuclear fuel that needs 3,000 and even more centrifuges,” spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham told reporters on Monday. “Our aim is to ensure our industrial needs.”
“We are going in this direction. We are in the process of completing our programme and this will be announced shortly during the 10 days of Fajr,” he said, referring to celebrations for the 28th anniversary of the Islamic revolution from February 1-11.
In the meantime,
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to the crowd as he leaves the National Congress after attending the inauguration ceremony of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, in Quito. Ahmadinejad promised to aid Ecuador and other Latin nations to defend themselves against the United States as he attended the inauguration of Correa.
But, apparently Iran has been having problems with their uranium enrichment program.
Iran’s failure to instal the 3,000 centrifuges by Dec. 31 has provoked reports that it is encountering technical difficulties in mastering large-scale enrichment.
Further, earlier this month, Vice President Gholamreza Aghazadeh, who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told reporters that about 50 centrifuges had exploded during a test.
“We had installed 50 centrifuges. One night, I was informed that all the 50 centrifuges had exploded…(President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad called me and said: ‘Build these machines even if they explode 10 times more’,” Aghazadeh was quoted as saying by Iranian media.
Diplomats in Vienna – where the International Atomic Energy Agency is based – said Thursday that the enrichment program in Natanz, central Iran, had ground to a halt.
Tick Tock Tick Tock
The “NUCLEAR POINT OF NO RETURN” is imminent.
And look what is now being deployed to the Persian Gulf…..
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.