Wednesday, November 7, 2007

3,000 Centrifuges: Ahmadinejad

Ahmadinejad conferming threats of military attack on Iran
and reaching an enrichment milestone

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that despite threats of a military attack on Iran, the country has built 3,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges.

“The nation stood firm, we started with a cascade of 164 centrifuges… They [the West] shouted a bit… They said: Stop at 164. Don’t move forward… At one point messages were being sent to Iran suggesting that 500 or 1,000 targets in Iran would be attacked unless the country stopped its enrichment activities… You [Iranian nation] didn’t pay attention to them. We moved forward. Today, we’ve reached 3,000 machines.” (IRINN – Islamic Republic of Iran News Network Television, 7 November)

Ahmadinejad has confirmed two important pieces of information:

- The Iranian leadership has received explicit messages that up to 1,000 targets in Iran will be attacked if the enrichment program continues.

- Iran has reached 3,000 centrifuges, in defiance of international demands to halt the enrichment program.

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