Iran provides IAEA with info on new centrifuges

338713_Salehi-AmanoA senior Iranian official says the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has provided the UN nuclear agency with information about the country’s new generation of centrifuges.

“The AEOI has provided the [International Atomic Energy Agency] agency with necessary information about the research being carried out on the country’s peaceful [nuclear] activities on time and within the framework of the Safeguards Agreement,” AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said Saturday

Kamalvandi added that the new generation of centrifuges has more capacity compared to the first and second generations and have undergone initial tests.

The Iranian official said the new generation was produced in line with the AEOI policy to enhance enrichment machinery and increase production capacity.

IAEA Inspectors arrived in Iran earlier on Saturday to visit the country’s Arak heavy water facility after the AEOI granted the agency’s request to visit the plant.

The voluntary move is a goodwill gesture on the part of Iran to clear up ambiguities over the peaceful nature of the country’s nuclear energy program.

The inspection of the plant is scheduled to take place on Monday within the framework of an earlier agreement signed between Tehran and the IAEA.

In November, Iran and the UN nuclear agency agreed on a roadmap for more cooperation on outstanding nuclear issues.

Under the agreement, Iran would, on a voluntary basis, allow the IAEA inspectors to visit Arak heavy water plant and Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas, in southern Iran.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

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