Monday, August 16, 2010

Iran to Start New Uranium Enrichment Sites

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has announced it plans to build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities inside protected mountain sites.

"Studies for the location of 10 other uranium enrichment facilities has ended," said Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of AEOI.

"Construction of a new uranium enrichment site will begin by the end of the (Iranian) year (March 2011) or early next year," Salehi added. "The new enrichment facilities will be built inside mountains." [IRIB, 15 August].

Currently, Iran's Natanz enrichment facility is enriching uranium (to a level of 20 percent) and another facility near Qom, Fordo, is under construction.

Iran’s first nuclear power reactor in Bushehr will become operational next week. No locally enriched uranium will be used to operate the Bushehr reactor. Russia is providing the fuel.

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