Iran to Accelerate Uranium Enrichment

    NATANZ, IRAN - APRIL 9:  A general view of the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, is seen on April 9, 2007, 180 miles south of Tehran, Iran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced yesterday, April 9, that Iran has stepped up their Uranium enrichment programme, with up to 3,000 isotope separating centrifuges now in operation. The news has brought condemnation from the International Community and the UN. Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani confirmed the scaling-up of activity but declined to elaborate on the subject. (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

    Natanz nuclear enrichment facility in 2007. (Majid Saeedi/Getty),Majid

    Iran plans to install more sophisticated equipment at its main nuclear enrichment plant, which will greatly accelerate its processing of uranium. Iranian officials reportedly sent a note to the International Atomic Energy Agency saying it plans to upgrade the centrifuges at its enrichment facility at Natanz, and the upgrade could make the enrichment process two to three times faster. Iranian officials informed the watchdog group of the plan January 24, and the IAEA replied January 29, asking for more technical information about the plan. The Natanz plant is used to enrich uranium to less than 4 percent. But a newer enrichment plant, near the city of Qum, is more troubling, because it is buried deep underground, making it better able to withstand an attack.

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