Lack of clarity on starting of atomic centrifuges by Islamic Republic of Iran
27 January 2007
TEHRAN - The Iranian atomic government agency Saturday denied reports alleging Tehran started the installation of 3,000 atomic enrichment centrifuges for the enrichment of uranium. Earlier on Saturday an Iranian member of Parliament had made public his country had started nuclear enrichment plant installations.
Enriched uranium can be used for nuclear energy, but it might be used for nuclear weapons of mass destruction too.
Earlier this month several Iranian functionaries announced Tehran is ready to begin installations of centrifuges near Natanz, Iran.
Members of the International Atomic Agency confirmed on Saturday that Iran may commence installation of enrichment facilities every moment from now on.
The United States and Israel have pressed the United Nations to punish Iran for continuing its nuclear policy. US officials say they fear Iran might develop nuclear weapons to wipe Israel off the map. In the meanwhile military exercises and preparations have been made - according to rumours - for a planned attack against the Islamic Shi'ite Republic formerly known as Persia.
In the last month Iran has shown military strength by staging parades and launching of rockets and anti-aircraft equipment.