Iran's nuclear chief said his country has the ability to mass produce more advanced, high-velocity IR-8 centrifuge.

Iran Press/Iran news: Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi noted that Iran has been injecting uranium hexafluoride into IR-8 centrifuges since 3 years ago, adding that the country has the capability of mass production of the machines.

Speaking to Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that Iran has now developed an independent nuclear technology, adding that the country has faced no restrictions in research and development of its nuclear technology.

He said that Iran’s restrictions are related to the production of centrifuge machines, explaining “We have accepted restrictions on testing of a variety of centrifuge machines in a period of eight years.”

The nuclear chief added, “For Europeans, a centrifuge takes eight years from designing to become operational, while the process takes us ten years.”

“In the last three years, although we have injected gas into the IR-8 centrifuge, we see problems in that on a daily basis, and there have to be many experiments carried out and all of them have to be successful in order to reach the mass production,” he said.

We need time for more experiments on the IR-8, but we already have the capability for its mass production, Salehi added.

Salehi went on to talk about the advantages of remaining in the nuclear deal, which is also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying that thanks to the deal, Iran has marinated the right to enrich uranium.

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He also said that there is no consensus against Iran anymore in comparison to the time he was holding the post of foreign minister back in 2012.

He further explained “I am in charge of the technical issues [of the nuclear industry]. Technically speaking I can say we have not lost anything as the history can testify. We carry out our exploration and extraction, we have our own enrichment, we provide services to other industries, we make new centrifuges and do all we need to do, but this time in a correct way.”

The nuclear chief further said that “Next week, the 30th and 31st of February, I will go to Ardakan to oversee the transport of 30 tons of yellowcake produced in Iran from there to Isfahan [site]. That means that the Ardakan site has become operational.”

Earlier on January 15, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said Iran can resume 20 percent uranium enrichment within four days.

Ali Akbar Salehi added that Iran has enough resources of 20 percent enriched uranium and also the country is able to resume its peaceful nuclear activities.101/203

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