A Uranium centrifuge ring in Iran is cause for conversation today in international news, as Iran’s nuclear chief confirmed this weekend that Iran has installed no less than 18,000 uranium-enrichment centrifuges within the country this year. Yahoo reported this Sunday, Aug. 18, that Iran has said its 18,000 centrifuges focused on uranium-enrichment are for only peaceful-minded purposes, despite the apparent threat of the nuclear activity.
Having a Uranium centrifuge ring recorded in Iran this 2013 has spurred U.S. and other allies in the West to ask Iran to limit its increasingly expanding uranium enrichment program — though to be creating a more well-developed nuclear weapons system — but Iran has said that its nuclear activity, including that of uranium, are only for “peace.”
Hassan Rouhani, a former nuclear official and now the president of Iran, has been open to discussions with the West on nuclear development, but continues to support Iran’s ability and legislative right to enrich its uranium.
Nearly 18,000 “first-generation” IR-1 uranium centrifuges — almost 10,000 which are still in operation and just under 7,000 are set to function — are already active in Iranian land, reported the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of the country.
Hundreds of other more technologically advanced Uranium centrifuge rings have also been installed and prepared for formal operations this year, added one official. When operations begin, they would enable the country of Iran to enrich its uranium much faster than other sources, including that of older IR-1 machines.
This is a much more rapid development of nuclear activity than Iran reported in May, in which only 689 of these new centrifuges and empty casings were recorded.
What’s your take on the Uranium centrifuges and nuclear activity in Iran story? Do you believe its preparedness with these Uranium-enrichment programs is indeed meant for only peaceful purposes?