President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed on Sunday that Iran was installing a new set of centrifuges every week at its Natanz nuclear plant, Fars news agency reported.
In a meeting with students in Tehran, Ahmadinejad further said more than 3,000 centrifuges had already been installed at Natanz in central Iran.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in its latest report that Iran had fewer than 2,000 centrifuges working in Natanz and around 650 were installed but were not yet operating.
The IAEA data was in line with an announcement last May by Abdol- Reza Rahmani-Fazli, deputy of Iran's National Security Council, that 1,600 of a planned 3,000 centrifuges - used to spin out uranium sufficiently enriched to fuel an energy plant - were working at Natanz.
Ahmadinejad had earlier this year claimed that with the 3,000 centrifuges at Natanz, Iran had reached industrial level in the enrichment process.
According to the Iranian president, the final aim would be to install 50,000 centrifuges within two to four years to create the Islamic state's own nuclear fuel cycle.
Ahmadinejad on Sunday reiterated that two United Nations Security Council resolutions against Iran could not affect its willingness to continue its internationally acknowledged right to pursue nuclear technology.
Last Mod: 02 Eylül 2007, 20:29