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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Iran planning to upgrade centrifuges at Natanz

Iran has sent a letter to the IAEA informing it that it plans to use more modern, faster centrifuges to enrich uranium (but 'only' to 5%) at its Natanz facility outside Tehran.
The letter said that Iran would use the new centrifuges - a model called IR2m - at a unit in the Natanz plant where Iran is enriching uranium to a fissile concentration of up to five percent, according to an IAEA communication to member states seen by Reuters.
"The Secretariat of the Agency received a letter from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) dated 23 January 2013 informing the Agency that 'centrifuge machines type IR2m will be used in Unit A-22' at the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz," the IAEA communication said.
Iran says it refines uranium to power a planned network of nuclear power stations. But the West fears that the material, if enriched much further to 90 percent, could be used for weapons. Iran says its nuclear program has only peaceful goals.
The Islamic republic has for years been trying to develop more centrifuges that are more efficient than the breakdown-prone 1970s IR-1 models it now uses for production.
The sanctions are really having an effect on Iran's desire to pursue a nuclear weapon, aren't they? What could go wrong?

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1 Comments:

At 5:44 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Is Germany's Siemens helping on the upgrade? Germany's record is clear.

And check out the Obama Green $lu$h award: Siemens setting up next to Pantex, one of the premiere U.S. nuclear weapons facilities. A 20+ year contract!!!!!! So the Obama Team is making it fair around the world, transferring technologies far and wide. Creating smiles among people who should not be smiling about this.

Let's call it Green Murder, shall we?
Press Release
NNSA Awards Contract for Largest Federal Wind Farm to Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.
http://nnsa.energy.gov/mediaroom/pressreleases/windfarm011513

 

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