Friday, November 16, 2012
Iran ready to double uranium enrichment at Fordo - IAEA.
Iran ready to double uranium enrichment at Fordo - IAEA.(BBC).ran is ready to double the output at its underground uranium enrichment facility, the UN nuclear watchdog says. A leaked report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said there were some 2,800 centrifuges at Fordo and that Iran could soon double the number operating to 1,400. Tehran has produced about 233 kg (512 pounds) of higher-grade enriched uranium since 2010, an increase of 43 kg since August this year, according to the report issued in Vienna.The Iranians have used 96 kg of the uranium refined to 20 percent of fissile purity for conversion into fuel for its medical research reactor in Tehran, the report said.
The development is likely to fuel Western suspicions that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. The government in Tehran insists the nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.Read the full story here.More here.