Making the remarks in a television talk show on Saturday night, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the country is now enriching 2.5 tonnes of uranium every year, while the minimum need is estimated to be 30 tonnes a year.
He, nonetheless, reiterated that the West does not agree even on such a small amount of enrichment.
Salehi noted that a contract with Russia, which built the Bushehr nuclear power plant, will expire after 8 years and Iran must be allowed to fuel the plant by itself from that time on.
"8 years later, our enrichment capacity must have reached 190,000 SWUs, and that amount would supply the 30 tonnes of enriched uranium that is needed for the Bushehr power plant,” the Iranian nuclear chief explained.
Back in July 2014, the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei noted that Iran’s uranium enrichment is a vital issue, adding that the country is in need of an enrichment capacity of 190,000 SWUs.
He also warned that the West's goal in the negotiations on uranium enrichment is to persuade the Islamic Republic of Iran to limit its enrichment capacity to 10,000 SWUs.