Tehran, Nov 26, IRNA - Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Reza Aqazadeh said here Wednesday that more than 5,000 centrifuges are now operating in the country.
Aqazadeh talked to reporters after visiting the Exclusive Exhibition on nuclear Industry Achievements at Tehran University.
"At present, we have more than 5,000 centrifuges operating," Aqazadeh told reporters on the sidelines of his tour of the Exclusive Exhibition on Nuclear Industry Achievements.
Aqazadeh said suspension has no meaning at all in Iran's culture and no such a thing exists.
1st phase of nuclear rod production complex to come on stream
Aqazadeh said that the construction of 40-megawatt Arak reactor is in progress and its first phase for production of nuclear rods and fuel will become operational by the year end.
Aqazadeh told reporters that Arak heavy water project is now operating with full capacity and good progress has been made in onstruction of its 40-megawatt reactor.
Asked when nuclear fuel rod manufacturing complex will become operational, Aqazadeh said one of the projects, whose first will come on stream by the year end, is the Fuel Manufacturing Plant (FMP).
He noted that the first product of the FMP is fuel for the 40-megawatt Arak reactor.
He said Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facilities (UCF) too operate over their capacity and that "over the past few years we have had very good production."
"I hope that supply of fuel to Bushehr nuclear power plant will start if Russians do not break their promises," said Aqazadeh.
"We hope that Bushehr power plant will start generating electricity as of 2009."
Iran's Ambassador to IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh in a letter to the AEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei voiced his country's serious concern about the attitude of the entity on the confidential information.
The letter referred to the publication of materials by the American daily New York Times containing secrets about some faked documents at the disposal of the entity and said that it is not clear for Iran how the information has been leaked.
Leakage of information from the agency will lead to member states' mistrust in the sensitive international agency, the letter noted.
Describing the move as being against international regulations, Soltanieh called on ElBaradei to officially declare falsehood of the materials.
Recalling earlier warnings about the issue, Soltanieh further said that the agency should adopt strong and effective measures to prevent repetition such an event.
Terming information on the documents as false, he also said that the agency has not delivered documents in violation of the modality plan agreed upon by Iran and the agency.
Iran is still adhering to the its commitments towards the agency and has so far cooperated fully with it.
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