Tehran, Iran – Iran has started to gas cascades of new advanced centrifuges and unveiled dozens of “achievements” to mark its National Nuclear Technology Day in an effort to show that its nuclear program is peaceful.
President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday launched several projects across the country via a video link to Tehran that was broadcast live on national television, and an exhibition of 133 technological innovations for civil and medical use was also unveiled.
The posting comes after the opening week of negotiations in Vienna, Austria, to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers – ended on Friday. on a hopeful note, and is expected to continue from Wednesday.
In Natanz, Isfahan, where Iran’s largest nuclear facilities are located, an order was given to supply gas to 164 all-Iranian IR6 centrifuges, with 10 SWU separation work units that indicate the amount of separation performed. through a process of enrichment.
The IR6 was also considered the most durable centrifuge currently deployed by Iran, which is expected to be mass-produced at an industrial level.
It would have been able to produce 10 times more uranium hexafluoride (UF6) than IR1, Iran’s first generation centrifuges.
“We can industrialize these machines without any dependency outside the country,” said the engineer who answered Rohani’s questions.
Rohani also gave the order to start supplying gas to test a number of 30 IR5 centrifuges and 30 IR6 centrifuges, numbers which could increase if successful.
In addition, mechanical tests have started on the high-end IR9 centrifuge which has a separation capacity of 50 SWU.
Also in Natanz, an advanced centrifuge assembly and evaluation unit was launched, where the presenting engineer said that more than half of all operations are currently industrialized.
The “terrorist movement” towards blow up parts of nuclear facilities to Natanz last year when an attack Israel was suspected of orchestrating did not stop progress, the engineer said.
In Arak, the second phase of industrial production of deuterium compounds at the Arak heavy water reactor facility was initiated by the president, who also oversaw the launch of a one-of-a-kind emergency unit intended for to treat radiation burns.
A series of achievements were presented at the National Center for Laser Science and Technology in Alborz Province, while the President then discussed the progress made in a National Center for Stable Isotope Separation Research.
After the launch of the new projects, the president gave a televised speech in which he again underlined Iran is not looking for nuclear weapons, and criticized Western powers for acting on the presumption that this is the case.
“These misplaced concerns have created many problems for our people over the past 15 years,” said Rouhani, referring to multilateral sanctions imposed on Iran prior to its nuclear deal which provided for sanctions relief for program restrictions. Iranian nuclear power plant.
Western intelligence maintains that Iran has sought to militarize its nuclear program, plans it abandoned in 2003.
Israel still repeatedly claims that Iran is on the lookout for nuclear weapons despite extensive inspections of its nuclear sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Rohani also severely criticized world powers and the IAEA for their lack of assistance in developing Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
“We don’t owe them, they owe us,” the president said, adding that they should have helped Iran under the commitments made under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Hours before Tehran’s latest nuclear breakthroughs unveiled, Reuters News Agency city a confidential IAEA report that Iran produced a small amount of fuel plates for Tehran’s research reactor, containing 20 percent enriched uranium.
The IAEA reportedly said in its report that Iran aims to produce molybdenum, which has many civilian uses, including in medical imaging.
As part of the nuclear deal, Iran’s uranium enrichment was capped at 3.67%, a limit it began to gradually reduce in 2019, a year after the U.S. president time, Donald Trump, unilaterally. abandoned the nuclear deal and reimposed tough sanctions against Iran.