VIENNA: Iran intends to install more modern equipment at Natanz, one of its main nuclear sites, according to a document seen by AFP yesterday.
The UN atomic agency document said that Iran informed it in a letter dated January 23 that “centrifuge machines type IR2m will be used in Unit A-22” at the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz.
The International Atomic Energy Agency replied in a letter dated January 29 asking for more information on the announcement, which comes despite international sanctions aimed at slowing Iran’s nuclear programme.
Natanz in central Iran is currently used to enrich uranium, a process at the heart of the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme, mostly using older model IR-1 machines, which operate more slowly. A Vienna diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity that the new machines would likely be used to enrich uranium to fissile purities of five percent. AFP