New centrifuge gas injections wait for presidential order

TEHRAN, Aug. 27 (MNA) – The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization has said Iran has improved its centrifuge capability to 24 SWU (Separative Work Unit).

Ali Akbar Salehi told Iran’s IRIB program on Wednesday that Iran’s new centrifuges dwarfed the former centrifuges in size and capabilities. However, Salehi added that no gas had been injected to giant centrifuges, but “gas injection waits for presidential order.”

“The Organization staff in Arak is now restructuring the heavy water complex, and we had a meeting yesterday in foreign ministry to address the issue,” Salehi told TV program.

About construction of a nuclear hospital, Salehi said that the preliminary actions had been launched for building the hospital; “the project needs heavy financing and a proper situation,” he added.

“The first step is to develop fasting plasma glucose (FPG) medications for PET (positron emission tomography) facilities, where we face difficulties in provision of such medications for hospitals, which would otherwise buy cytosporone,” added Salehi, and that “now the government has provided the resources to acquire the facility through the Atomic Energy Organization.”

Salehi maintained that good feasibility studies had been conducted on cutting-edge radiation technological facilities such as cyber-knife used for robotic radio-surgery, and radiotherapy as the latest cancer treatment method.

About developing animal centrifuges for production of animal vaccines, Salehi said that “we signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health to develop 10 centrifuges with 40,000 rpm, and will work to manufacture 80,000 rpm centrifuges.”

In response to a question whether these centrifuges would not be violation of Geneva deal with the 5+1, Salehi said that it was Iran’s rights. “The Joint Plan of Action sets no limit to research and development and we introduced IR8 centrifuge in the framework of Joint Plan of Action where each centrifuge was 24 SWUs,” added the head of Atomic Energy Organization.

Salehi also said that Tehran would host an international conference on vaccine development where “the Islamic Republic of Iran would display achievements.”

By Mehr News Agency

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