January 31, 2013
Iran reportedly to upgrade nuclear enrichment centrifuges
Iran will upgrade the nuclear enrichment equipment at its Natanz nuclear plant.
Iran informed the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, that it will use a new model of centrifuge in a unit at its underground facility located southeast of Tehran, according to the New York Times.
The upgraded equipment will allow Iran to refine uranium faster. Natanz currently enriches uranium to 4 percent purity. Another plant, Fordow, takes the uranium from Natanz and enriches it to 20 percent purity, which can be used to fuel a research reactor in Tehran.
One unit at a nuclear plant can house up to 3,000 centrifuges.
Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful, domestic uses, while Western countries believe it is working to create a nuclear weapon.