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Iran Opens New Centrifuge Rotor Factory: Nuclear Chief

Web Desk (July 18, 2018): An Iranian factory has started to produce rotors for up to 60 centrifuges a day, upping the stakes in a confrontation with the United States over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear work.

The announcement by the head of Iran’s atomic agency on Wednesday came a month after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered agencies to prepare to increase uranium enrichment capacity, if a nuclear deal with world powers falls apart after Washington’s withdrawal.Under terms of the 2015 agreement, which was also signed by USA, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany; Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said the new factory did not in itself break the terms of the agreement.“Instead of building this factory in the next seven or eight years, we built it during the negotiations but did not start it,” said Salehi, according to state media.

“Of course, the [supreme leader] was completely informed and we gave him the necessary information at the time. And now that he has given the order, this factory has started all of its work.”

The factory would have the capacity to build rotors for as many as 60 IR-6 centrifuges per day, he added.

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