Iran minister speaks of uranium stockpile

Iran has produced more than 220 pounds of enriched uranium, the country's interior minister was quoted Friday as saying about the process that can make fuel for civilian energy.

Iran minister speaks of uranium stockpile
Iran has produced more than 220 pounds of enriched uranium, the country's interior minister was quoted Friday as saying about the process that can make fuel for civilian energy.

The semiofficial ISNA news agency carried comments by Mostafa Pourmohammadi, the interior minister, who said that Iran now has 3,000 hooked-up centrifuges actively enriching uranium.

"In the first steps, we were halted and they (the West) did not allow our only 20 centrifuge machines to work," Pourmohammadi said. "But right now, 3,000 of the machines have been operational and more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of enriched uranium has been ready and stored."

Pourmohammadi also said that more than 165 tons of primary materials of uranium gas have been stored in the Iranian nuclear facilities. Centrifuge machines spin uranium hexafluoride gas and convert it into enriched uranium.

The comments came as Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, was scheduled to meet Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency in Vienna, Austria, for talks expected to push for a new round of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

Last Mod: 22 Haziran 2007, 18:43
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