Iran informs IAEA of changing uranium enrichment sites

12:59, June 10, 2011      

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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Thursday Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it is going to transfer its nuclear enrichment activities to a new site, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Salehi said the transfer of 20-percent uranium enrichment activities from Natanz site to Fordo site in the central province of Qom has been notified to the IAEA, according to the report.

Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoon Abbasi said Wednesday that the enrichment of uranium to the level of 20 percent will be transferred from Natanz site to Fordo site under the supervision of the IAEA, after which Iran will triple its 20-percent uranium enrichment output.

Abbasi said Iran will stop the enrichment process in Natanz after it makes sure that the Fordo site can produce the uranium enriched by three times as its current status.

In September 2009, Iran confirmed that it was building the new nuclear fuel enrichment plant of Fordo near the city of Qom.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Tuesday in a press conference in Tehran that the country will never stop uranium enrichment.

About the current status of Iran's nuclear activities, Ahmadinejad reiterated that the Iranian nuclear train "has neither brakes nor the rear gear," implying that the country is determined to push forward the program.

The West suspects that Iran's uranium enrichment may be meant for producing nuclear weapons, which has been denied by Iranian officials.

Source: Xinhua
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