Iran unveils advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges

Tehran, Apr 10 (EFE).- Iran on Saturday announced it had started up the cascades of advanced 164 IR-6 centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility.

 “The production capacity of these centrifuges is 10 times more than IR1 centrifuges and the next generation of centrifuges that are under research and construction have 50 times the production capacity of the country’s first centrifuges,” president Hassan Rouhani said, according to the presidency’s website as the Islamic Republic marked its National Nuclear Technology Day.

The president ordered the launch of these centrifuges via videoconference, the ISNA news agency reported.

In September 2019, Iran injected gas into 20 IR6 centrifuges, which contravened its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, which allows Tehran to use the less advanced IR1 centrifuges.

At the Natanz facility, the authorities have injected gas into an IR5 centrifuge, while IR9 centrifuges have been mechanically tested.

Rouhani praised the nuclear achievements Iran has made and said he was confident the Islamic Republic would take more big steps in its atomic program.

“In this regard, our goals have been clear from the beginning and we have used nuclear technology in different parts of the country, including industry, agriculture, medicine and electricity,” he said.

Iran on Saturday presented a total of 133 nuclear achievements, including the installation of an assembly center for advanced centrifuges.

Iran and five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany signed a nuclear deal to limit Tehran’s nuclear programs in 2015 in exchange for the partial lifting of international sanctions and other commercial benefits.

Former US president Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran, which has restarted its uranium enrichment program and limited the International Atomic Energy Agency’s access to its nuclear facilities.

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