: International News
Iran to speed up uranium enrichment
Tehran, June 13, 2011
Iran has produced over 50 kg of
20-percent enriched uranium and would triple the output from
the current level to supply fuel to the Tehran research
reactor, an official said.
"We need 120 kg enrichment up to 20 percent. Of course, we
have been able to produce successfully over 50 kg," said Ali-Asghar
Soltanieh, Iran's permanent representative to International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
"But we still need (more), we have to speed up, because Tehran
research reactor is in desperate need for fuel," he said here
in an exclusive interview with Xinhua. The reactor will
produce radioisotopes for hospitals.
Soltanieh said the Iranian parliament has passed a bill to
build more nuclear power plants in the country to produce some
20,000-megawatt of electricity.
He said Iran will welcome any country that is ready to
participate in the project. Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi
said Tuesday that Bushehr nuclear power plant, Iran's first
such plant, will be connected to the national grid within a