Rafsanjani says Iran has enriched uranium
The Former Iranian President made the comment to the Kuwait News Agency during an interview in Tehran.Updated: Apr 11, 2006 22:51 IST
Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Tuesday that Iran has enriched uranium using 164 centrifuges, a major development in nuclear fuel cycle technology, news agencies reported.
Rafsanjani made the comment to the Kuwait News Agency during an interview in Tehran.
"Iran has put into operation the first unit of 164 centrifuges, has injected (uranium) gas and has reached industrial production," the Kuwait News Agency quoted Rafsanjani as saying.
"We should expand the work of these machines to achieve a full industrial line. We need dozens of these units (sets of 164 centrifuges) to achieve a uranium enrichment facility," he said.
It was the first announcement that Iran had successfully enriched uranium since February when it began research at its enrichment facility in the town of Natanz.
Enriching uranium to a low level produces fuel for nuclear reactors. To a higher level, it produces the material for a nuclear bomb.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had promised on Monday to announce "good nuclear news" soon.
First Published: Apr 11, 2006 20:32 IST