Iran to install 6,000 nuclear centrifuges

April 8th, 2008 - 10:40 pm ICT by admin  

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Tehran, April 8 (IANS) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tuesday announced that the country was ready to install some 6,000 new centrifuges at the nuclear facility in the central province of Natanz, official news agency IRNA reported. He made the announcement while talking to reporters after a daylong visit to the city of Natanz in Isfahan province where he inspected various sections of Natanz enrichment facility.

Iran last year has declared April 8 as the National Nuclear Technology Day.

“The present achievements of Iranian scientists in the field of peaceful nuclear technology would lead to major progress in domestic industries,” he said.

“Last year tests were made on 3,000 centrifuges and we entered the phase of (uranium enrichment at) industrial level and today the phase of installation of 6,000 new centrifuges has started,” the president said.

Noting that the “nuclear victories belong to all Iranians”, Ahmadinejad said, “As a result of the resistance of Iranian people, the country has reached a major goal which is to become a nuclear state.”

In 2007, President Ahmadinejad announced the 20th day of the first month of the Iranian calendar year (Farvardin), which falls April 8 this year, as the country’s National Nuclear Technology Day.

“Today, the Iran has found an appropriate status at international scene,” said the president and added, “The ill-wishers of the Iranian nation were mobilizing all within their reach to stop the country from making further progress in the field of modern technologies.”

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