Iranians Processing Uranium Gas

Ad Feedback - Iranian centrifuges set up in January have begun producing small amounts of the gas needed to manufacture the fissile core of nuclear warheads.

According to unnamed officials who spoke with The Associated Press, the centrifuges are producing miniscule amounts of the gas used as the "feed stock" for Iran's uranium enrichment program. Only 10 machines are set up so far, too few to produce the quantities Iran needs at this time.

Nonetheless, the IR-2 centrifuges it has developed can double the amount of enriched uranium of the machines currently employed.

The United Nations Security Council has issued two sets of sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment after nearly 20 years of covert nuclear development, which wasn't exposed until five years ago.

Iran has had no qualms about expanding its nuclear development program, which it claims is solely aimed at energy production.

Prior to last week's disclosure that Iran has developed its own IR-2 centrifuges, it claimed to be working with outmoded P1 centrifuges purchased on the black market in the 1980s.

According to AP, some 3,000 of the P1 centrifuges are being used in an large underground facility near the city of Natanz, about 300 miles south of Teheran.

Source: The Associated Press

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