Vienna: Iran is planning to use more modern uranium enrichment centrifuges at its Natanz plant, enabling itself to refine uranium faster than present, the country has informed the UN nuclear energy, Reuters reported, citing a document which made available to it today.
The move will increase concerns in the West and particularly in Israel as they fear that Iran’s nuclear programme is for military purposes.
However, Iran insists the programme is peaceful.
Iran had informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the plan in a letter dated January 23, a diplomat, requesting anonymity, told the news agency.
The letter said that Iran would use the new centrifuges—a model called IR2m—at a unit in the Natanz plant where Iran is enriching uranium to a fissile concentration of up to five percent, according to an IAEA communication to member states seen by Reuters.
“The Secretariat of the Agency received a letter from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) dated 23 January 2013 informing the Agency that ‘centrifuge machines type IR2m will be used in Unit A-22’ at the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz,” the IAEA communication said.