A spokesman for the Iranian government stated on Monday that Iran would need at least 10 nuclear plants to meet its current needs.
"We are moving toward production of nuclear fuel which needs 3,000 centrifuges and more than that ... This plan is going ahead and is moving toward completion," said Gholamhossein Elham, Iranian government spokesman, according to the Associated Press.
Following the United Nations Security Council’s decision on December 23 to impose sanctions on the country, Iran said it would begin installing 3,000 centrifuges, which experts say could make enough uranium for power plant fuel, or one bomb within a year.
“Iran needs an electricity supply of 10 thousand megawatts by nuclear energy, and in order to supply that, we need 10 nuclear plants,” Elham added.
Elham made the comments at a press conference Monday in response to the question of regarding operations at the Natanz nuclear facility.
He also added that if pushed, Iran would change its position regarding nuclear cooperation. "We have not pulled out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). But if they (the West) try to create obstacles then we will change our path as well," he said.