(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran says it has begun installing a new generation of centrifuges at one of its main nuclear facilities.
According to Iranian media, Iran’s atomic energy organization chief, Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani, said Wednesday, that Tehran began installing the next generation of centrifuges at Natanz about a month ago.
“From last month the installation of the new generation of these machines started in the Shahid Ahmadi Roshan complex,” Abbasi-Davani said, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency (INSA).
Officials in Iran say the centrifuges would be used to produce only low level enriched uranium, but the fear is advanced centrifuges could eventually produce weapons grade material.
The announcement comes during a visit by United Nations weapons inspectors, and ahead of planned negotiations later this month with world powers.
Senior U.N. investigators are in Iran to discuss with government officials allegations that Tehran may have carried out tests on triggers for atomic weapons.
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