A file photo of the nuclear plant in the southwestern Iranian city of Bushehr June 22, 2005. Iran said on Sunday it would not discuss its ‘obvious right’ to master the nuclear fuel cycle but was open to talks that could reassure the West that its atomic plans were not aimed at producing bombs.
Iran’s president has promised to disclose news about Iran’s nuclear program when he visits its uranium enrichment facility on Monday where the West says Iran is mastering the skills needed to make atomic bombs.
Iran has rejected U.N. demands to halt enrichment, a process than can make power plant fuel or material for warheads, and has instead vowed to expand what it insists is peaceful atomic work.
Diplomats speculate President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could announce that Iran has installed more centrifuges, the machines used in the enrichment process, at the Natanz facility in central Iran. But Iranian officials have been tightlipped.
“If you wait 24 hours, you will all find out,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told a Sunday news conference when asked what the president would announce.
Journalists will accompany the president with senior officials from Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization to the site about 200 km (125 miles) south of Tehran.
Ahmadinejad, who said in February he would announce “great” nuclear achievements in the days to April 9, is expected to hold a news conference.
Sunday’s Jam-e Jam newspaper wrote: “The installation and start up of 3,000 centrifuges and the injection of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) gas will be announced by the president.”
UF6 gas is fed into centrifuges as feedstock.
Iran, the world’s fourth largest oil exporter which says it wants a network of nuclear power plants, runs 350 experimental centrifuges at an above ground pilot facility at Natanz.
The United States and Israel will now have to decide whether they wish Iran to possess nuclear weapons or not.
The “NUCLEAR POINT OF NO RETURN” has been reached.
The American aircraft carrier groups are in the region and Iran has ignored the United Nations.
It is time to shit or get off the pot.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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