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The time is running out …!

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on April 14, 2010

Iran has produced several kilos of uranium enriched to a purity of 20 percent to power its medical research reactor, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) director announced.

However, Ali Akbar Salehi declined to state how many kilos have been produced.

Speaking to reporters, he said good news on how the country will produce fuel for the research reactor will be announced in the next few months.

He went on to say that Tehran is still ready exchange its low enriched fuel for fuel rods, although Iran itself is capable of producing fuel rods.

Iran will within months begin mass production of second generation centrifuges capable of enriching uranium three times faster than existing machines, atomic Chief Ali Akbar Salehi said.

Salehi, who spearheads Iran’s nuclear program, said Tehran also now possessed the technical know-how to manufacture the fuel pellets required to power atomic reactors.

“The mass production of second generation centrifuges will begin in the coming months,” Salehi said in an interview on state television broadcast late Saturday.

Iran currently enriches uranium at its plant in the central city of Natanz using first generation IR-1 centrifuges.

On Friday the Islamic republic unveiled a third generation centrifuge which it claims can enrich uranium six times faster than the IR-1 system.

At a news briefing, State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley said Iranian chest-thumping about its nuclear capabilities undermines its own case and that if its intentions were truly peaceful it would have no need for more powerful enrichment equipment. “Its comments today just provide greater evidence that, not-withstanding its denials, that we have to conclude that Iran has nefarious intentions in its nuclear program. And that’s expressly why we continue to work with the international community on additional measures, sanctions, to show Iran that there’s a consequences for its failure to meet its obligations,” he said.

“We have deep concerns about Iran’s nuclear program and its failure to reassure the international community that the program is purely for peaceful purposes,” said a Foreign Office spokesman.

“The use of this kind of technology is of course prohibited by five UNSCRs (United Nations Security Council Resolutions) which require Iran to suspend its enrichment program and come clean about its nuclear intentions.”

Natanz has a capacity of 60,000 centrifuges and Iran has been steadily enriching uranium there for years in defiance of three sets of UN sanctions and threat of a fourth.

A former IAEA official, John Carlson, once warned that large light water reactors “of the sort Iran is building at Bushehr can produce 330 kilograms of near-weapons grade plutonium – enough to make more than 50 crude nuclear bombs.” The process of separating plutonium from spent fuel “employs technology little more advanced,” he said, “than that required for producing dairy products or pouring concrete.”

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran has mastered nuclear technology and can’t be prevented from using it, as the country announced plans for a new generation of centrifuges.

“Iran has complete mastery of nuclear technology,” said Ahmadinejad, in comments aired live by state television. “No power can deter the Iranian nation from making use of nuclear energy.”

Iran has shown the world it no longer needs outside help for reprocessing uranium up to the critical 20 percent level, which is a short jump to weapons grade and the fissile core of a nuclear bomb. Actually there is no evident which show they already haven’t pass 20 percent enrichment to higher grades.

The time is running out …!

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