Iran to build new plants in mountains to protect from attacks

Iran has earmarked potential sites for new nuclear enrichment plants, a nuclear energy official said on Monday.

Iran to build new plants in mountains to protect from attacks

Iran has earmarked potential sites for new nuclear enrichment plants and construction of two of them could begin this year, a nuclear energy official said on Monday.

"We have earmarked close to 20 sites and have passed the report on those to the president, however, these sites are only potential," Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organisation, was quoted as saying on news agency ISNA.

"Inshallah (God willing), in the next Iranian year as ordered by the president, we may start the construction of two new enrichment sites," Salehi told the news agency.

Salehi said the new sites would be built inside mountains "to avert any possible attacks."

The enrichment capacity of the proposed plants will be of the size of Iran's existing uranium enrichment facility located in the central city of Natanz, Salehi said.

"In these two new sites we intend to use new generation centrifuges," he added.

The next Iranian year begins on March 21.

Iran announced plans in November to build 10 new enrichment plants to match its existing Natanz complex. The announcement came as talks on agreement for Iran to enrich uranium abroad.

Salehi said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would announce on April 9 what kind of centrifuges are to be used at the new sites.

Israel, most experts estimate that it has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, often threatens the country with an attack.

The United States seeks new United Nations sanctions to be imposed in the coming weeks.


Agencies

Last Mod: 22 Şubat 2010, 16:06
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