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TEHRAN: Iran has about 18,000 centrifuges, of which 10,000 are operating, the outgoing head of the country's atomic energy panel has said.Iran has 17,000 first-generation (IR-1 ) centrifuges out of which 10,000 are running, said Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) chief Fereidoon Abbasi, reported Xinhua citing the Press TV.Over 1,000 indigenouslymanufactured new-generation centrifuges (IR-2 m) have also been installed and are ready to be launched, added Abbasi, who was replaced by former Iranian foreign minister Ali-Akbar Salehi after new President Hassan Rouhani took office earlier this month."Nearly 9,000 centrifuges in Natanz site enrich uranium below 5% grade. More than 700 centrifuges in Natanz and Fordow enrich uranium to 20-percent level simultaneously ," he said. The Islamic republic has said that it enriches uranium to 5% for fuel purposes and 20% for producing radio medicines. In May, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported Iranhas installed 16,590 first generation centrifuges. On Friday, Salehi, head of AEOI from 2009 to 2010 and foreign minister from 2010 to Aug 2013, said, "The activities of AEOI are completely