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Iran has not brought new centrifuges into operation: Salehi

Source: Tehran Times

Iran has installed a number of new centrifuges for enriching uranium but has not brought them into operation because of the Geneva nuclear deal, Iran's nuclear chief said on Saturday.

"We have installed 1000 new-generation centrifuge machines (IR-2m) but have not injected uranium hexafluoride (UF6) gas into them given the nuclear negotiations and the Geneva deal," Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Ali Akbar Salehi said in a televised interview, referring to an interim nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers in Geneva in November.

The deal, which has not come into effect yet, calls for Tehran to limit its nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions against the country.

"Under the Geneva agreement, we are supposed to not install any new centrifuges over a period of six months," Salehi added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the former foreign minister stated that the Arak heavy water reactor - which was a sticking point in the negotiations - is 85 percent complete.

"Some of the main equipment of the reactor will not be installed during the six-month-period that has been stated in the Geneva deal."

According to the agreement, which is going to be implemented over the course of six months, Iran will not make any further advances of its activities at the Arak reactor.

Salehi also stated that Iran is in talks with Russia to build four new nuclear plants.

Russia built Iran's first nuclear reactor in the southern city of Bushehr.

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