New Centrifuges May Bring Iran Within a Month of Nuclear Breakout
Iran is activating "hundreds" of new and advanced IR6 and IR1 centrifuges to enrich uranium, Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesperson for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) announced on Monday, August 1. Five hundred IR6 machines will be activated over the next 10 to 15 days, according to the announcement.
The spokesperson stated that the centrifuges were being activated as part of the “Strategic Action Plan to Lift Sanctions and Protect Iranian Nation’s Interest" and to reach a minimum enrichment level of 190,000 separative work units (SWU) to meet "the level of [Iran's] needs."
Kamalvandi added that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been informed of the move. There has been a report that the new centrifuges were already installed in underground halls at the Natanz nuclear complex ahead of the announcement that they would be activated on Monday.
In a report from December, the Institute for Science and International Security stressed that while that amount is relatively modest from a commercial vantage point, "such a program from a nuclear weapons vantage is huge for a country like Iran."
"Merely installing one tenth of that capacity of 128,000 SWU per year is sufficient to produce enough weapon-grade uranium for more than one bomb per year. With a sufficient stock of low enriched uranium, Iran could produce enough weapon-grade uranium for over five weapons per year." (JPost / VFI News)
“God, we ask that you prevent Iran from further enriching uranium and creating bombs, and ensure that we are able to live in peace with our neighboring countries.”
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