September 23, 2009

Iran builds new generation of centrifuges

Iran's top nuclear official announced that Iran has built a new generation of high capacity centrifuges. Apparently the centrifuges are capable of enriching uranium at "five times the output capacity" of the older centrifuges.

Once Iran deploys enough of these new generation centrifuge they will be able to produce enough enriched uranium for 150-300 nukes, instead of 30-60 nukes, in two years time. Yahoo! News

TEHRAN (AFP) The chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation said on Tuesday that the scientists of the Islamic republic have managed to build new generation of high capacity centrifuges.

"Our scientists have built new generation of centrifuges and cascades with 10 centrifuges each are now being tested," Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

Salehi said the new generation of centrifuges can enrich uranium with "more than five times the output capacity" of the earlier standard centrifuges and that Iran "plans to raise this capacity to 10 times."

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