Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Iran to Add Two New Enrichment Sites for Nuclear Program

Iran to add 2 enrichment sites


Teheran--Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi said yesterday that Iran may start construction of two new enrichment sites in the Iranian new calendar year, which starts on March 21, the ISNA news agency reported.

Salehi said Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to announce "good news" on the kind of new centrifuges that are to be installed in the new enrichment sites.

During a meeting held late December, Iranian ministers decided that the AEOI should within two months start construction of five enrichment sites and the locations of the sites have been set across the country.

The organisation will also offer suitable locations for other five enrichment sites. Salehi said the AEOI has found nearly 20 locations for building the sites and the 10 new enrichment sites will be constructed in a way that they are protected against any attack.

"We have informed President Ahmadinejad of these places . . . (which) have potentials for establishment of the enrichment sites," Salehi said.

Western powers suspected Iran of attempting to build nuclear weapons, but Teheran said its nuclear programme was aimed at generating nuclear energy for civilian purposes. — Xinhua.

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