Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Iran installing “better quality” centrifuges

Iran's Foreign Ministry has released a statement, saying the Islamic Republic is installing centrifuges with "better quality and speed" to improve the uranium enrichment process at its nuclear sites.

Despite Western fears about the country's nuclear programme, Iran is pressing on as planned. According the statement, the UN atomic watchdog had "full supervision" of the centrifuges. The West believes that Iran's nuclear programme is aimed at developing nuclear weapons, a claim that Tehran has continually denied, saying it is refining uranium for electricity generation and other civil uses.

Speaking about the latest move, an Iranian government representative Ramin Mehmanparast said: "By installing the new centrifuges progress is being made with more speed and better quality." He added that this particular development showed Iran's success in pursuing its "peaceful nuclear activity".

A number of world powers have been in talks with Iran over its nuclear programme, but with little success. Iran remains resolute to carry on its nuclear activities despite being subject to United Nations Security Council's sanctions over its refusal to cease uranium enrichment.

Sources: BBC News, AFP, RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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