Thursday, August 25, 2011

Iran starts hiding uranium centrifuges in bunker - 25th Aug 2011

LinkIran has started moving uranium enriching centrifuges from its main atomic complex in Natanz to an underground bunker in Fordow, which is well protected from air strikes. Work is in full swing, said the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization and current Vice-President Fereydoon Abbasi-Divani. Uranium is enriched up to 20 percent in Fordow.

According to the head of the organization, the production meets the country’s demand of isotopes for medical purposes, including treating cancer patients and lowers the dependence on their import.

However, diplomats in Vienna assessed the move as a provocation and evidence that Teheran ignores the UN demand for winding down its nuclear programme. The U.S. State Department described the move as alarming.

Isotopes for medical purposes have been producing at a scientific rector, which was built by Americans during Shah’s rule in Teheran. The reactor needs up to 20 percent enriched fuel. Under this pretext, Iran started the production of highly enriched uranium at the atomic complex in Natanz.

Six international mediators on Iran – Russia, the U.S., China, Britain, France and Germany – offered to enrich uranium in Russia and France but Iran rejected it. Read More