No constraints on Iran nuclear research: Salehi
Iran Press TV
Wed Feb 5, 2014 3:24PM GMT
Iran's nuclear head Ali Akbar Salehi says the country's nuclear deal with world powers does not impose any restrictions on nuclear research.
"In fact, the best part of this joint action plan is the research part. It's so clear that R&D has no constraint," Salehi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), told Press TV in an exclusive interview.
He was referring to Iran's accord with the six world powers – the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – last November. The deal took effect on January 20.
Salehi, a former foreign minister, said Iran is developing a new generation of "advanced centrifuges."
"We have a number of advanced centrifuges, which are under the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) supervision where they are being tested and uranium gas has been injected into it – of course, not for accumulation, it's just for testing those centrifuges," he said.
Salehi said centrifuges will have to run for "probably two years" before making sure that they "are performing well enough" to start mass production.
He dismissed allegations by US officials about having managed to dismantle half of the centrifuges running in Iran.
"Out of the 18,000 centrifuges that we have roughly, 9,000 of them are working, are functioning; and the other 9,000 we have voluntarily accepted not to inject gas into them," he said.
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