Official: Iran not to suspend uranium enrichment
Iran has more than 5,000 centrifuges to process uranium at its enrichment plant, its nuclear chief said Wednesday. Vice President Aghazadeh said Tehran will continue to install centrifuges and enrich uranium to produce nuclear fuel for the country's future nuclear power plants.
"At this point, more than 5,000 centrifuges are operating in Natanz," said Aghazadeh, who is head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. He spoke to reporters during an exhibition of Iranian nuclear achievements at Tehran University.
Aghazadeh noted the country will not suspend enrichment. "Suspension has not been defined in our lexicon," he added, according to the AP.
At the exhibition, Iran for the first time put on public display one of its P-1 centrifuges and officials at the exhibition explained various parts of machine to visitors. The P-1 centrifuge is the workhorse of Iran's enrichment program.
Aghazadeh said Iran has also made "good progress" in constructing a 40 Megawatt heavy-water reactor near Arak in central Iran. "The heavy water plant is experiencing a production beyond its capacity," he said without elaborating.
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