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Iran seeks to speed up nuclear activity, capacity unclear
« on: May 23, 2013, 05:41:37 AM »
Via Reuters:


By Fredrik Dahl

VIENNA | Thu May 23, 2013 5:23am EDT

(Reuters) - Iran is trying to accelerate its uranium enrichment program, a U.N. nuclear report showed, but experts said it was unclear when Tehran's new machines could start operating and how efficiently they would work.

The Islamic state's progress in introducing next-generation centrifuges is closely watched in the West and Israel as it would enable Tehran to speed up accumulation of material that could be used to build atomic bombs. Iran denies any such aim.

Iran has tried for years to develop centrifuges more advanced than the erratic 1970s-vintage IR-1 machines it now runs, but deploying new models has been dogged by technical hurdles and difficulty in obtaining parts abroad.

It is now pressing ahead with installing a more efficient version known as the IR-2m at its main enrichment plant near the central town of Natanz, according to the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

It has also put in place another centrifuge type, the IR-5, for the first time at a research and development facility at Natanz, joining five others being tested there, the report issued to member states late on Wednesday said.

The rapid installation of one of them, the IR-2m, at a Natanz production unit since it started earlier this year indicates that Iran can make such equipment, at least to some extent, despite tightening sanctions on the country.

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Re: Iran seeks to speed up nuclear activity, capacity unclear
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2013, 05:10:26 PM »
If you were looking at the current world leaders - especially Obama - wouldn't you make hay while the getting is good?
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