Parliament speaker: Iran to develop new generation of centrifuges soon

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani announced that the country will gain access to modern nuclear technology to upgrade its centrifuges.

“Iran will have a new generation of centrifuges in the (near) future that can help the country to improve its nuclear technology structure,” Larijani said, addressing a ceremony in the city of Qom, Central Iran, on Wednesday.

He reiterated that the quality of centrifuges is more important than their quantity, and said, “The new generation of Iran’s centrifuges will be of a much higher quality as compared with the previous ones.”

In mid-September, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi announced that Iran was seeking Russia’s help to enhance its centrifuges.

“Assistance to enhance the designing of our existing centrifuge machines in a way that they can produce stable isotopes is among the Russians’ undertakings (based on the July 14 nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers) and they are among the most powerful and pioneering countries in the world in this field and they have announced their preparedness to cooperate and improve Iran’s centrifuges to produce stable isotopes,” Salehi said after meeting Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation Director-General Sergey Kirienko in Vienna.

He said based on the nuclear agreement Russia is also due to purchase Iran’s enriched uranium and supply Tehran with natural uranium, adding that he has discussed methods to fulfill this job with the Russian officials.

In early December, a source close to the Iranian team of nuclear negotiators rejected allegations about Iran’s hold on testing new centrifuge machines, stressing that the country continues its Research and Development activities in the field.

In comments made to FNA about the western media reports that Iran has stopped tests on the new generation of centrifuge machines, the source said, “This is not true at all and the trend of R&D on enrichment is moving along its natural track at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).”

The source also said that producing fuel plates from uranium oxide is being carried out based on the AEOI’s plans, but meantime mentioned that the amount of fuel production from uranium oxide will decrease in the coming months.

By Fars News Agency