Reports that Iran has 18,000 uranium centrifuges are coming from the country's outgoing nuclear chief, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani. This is not good news for the U.S. and their allies who have been putting the pressure on for Iran to stop their uranium enrichment program, according to The Inquisitr on Aug. 18.
A uranium centrifuge is a machine that is used to extract pure uranium from ore. It is part of the process used to obtain uranium for bombs or nuclear power. Unfortunately it is the possibility of Iran using this uranium for building bombs that has the U.S. and their allies concerned.
Iran officials continue to say that the uranium is for peaceful purposes. While the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani has welcomed talks with the other countries about their uranium program, he still insists that Iran has a right to enrich uranium.
Abbasi-Davani claims Iran has 17,000 older “first generation” IR-1 centrifuges, with 10,000 in operation with the other 7,000 ready for operation. He also said that 1,000 new IR-2m centrifuges are ready to start operations bringing the total to 18,000. The newer IR-2m centrifuges are faster than the first generation machines.
Ali Akba Salehi, who is Iran's previous foreign minister, has been appointed head of the uranium centrifuge program by the new president of Iran.