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Iran announces some nuclear "achievements", defies western sanction threats


08:10, February 16, 2012

TEHRAN, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Iran announced some nuclear " achievements" on Wednesday in defiance to the western sanction threats.

In a ceremony held in Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled nuclear fuel rods, new generation of centrifuges and a number of radioactive medicines.

In the ceremony, Ahmadinejad, symbolically, fed a home-made fuel rod made out of 20-percent enriched uranium into the core of Tehran Research Reactor.

State TV broadcast live a ceremony in which Ahmadinejad was briefed about the process of production and performance and then he fed a rod into the core of Tehran Research Reactor.

Simultaneously, the TV showed other "achievements" in Iran's nuclear technology, including the radioactive medicines for the treatment of cancer.

Ahmadinejad also unveiled a new generation of centrifuges for uranium enrichment.

In a live broadcast footage by the state TV, a model of the forth generation of domestically-made centrifuges was presented.

At the same time, a live video from Iran's central Natanz enrichment site displayed a chain of new generation of centrifuges.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Fereidoon Abbasi, said in the ceremony that his country activated the first cascade of the new generation of centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear enrichment site.

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