Iran has started moving its uranium enrichment centrifuges from Natanz to the newlybuilt underground bunkers at Fardu, near the holy city of Qom. The Director of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani made the announcement in Tehran.
"Transferring Natanz centrifuges to Fordu is under way with full observance of standards," Abbasi-Davani said [IRIB, 22 August].
Tehran announced in June that it was planning to triple its capacity to enrich uranium to 20 percent grade purity. The Fardu facilities are designed to house the high-grade centrifuges. Iran says it needs the higher-grade fuel for its medical research reactor. The West believes Iran’s current state of medical research does not require all the fuel and the country is preparing enough fuel for an eventual enrichment to 90 percent purity used in nuclear weapons.