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Publish Date: 12:43 - 29 December 2013
Tehran, YJC. Aliakbar Salehi says Iran is going to build 3-4 nuclear power plants in a decade or so.

Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization appeared on the state TV on Saturday night.

Aliakbar Salehi said "There is a bill by the Majlis where the government must lay the grounds for producing 20 thousand MW nuclear electricity. 4 to 5 billion dollars is needed to build a power plant like Bushehr with a capacity of 1000 MW. The provision of the fuel must also be made sure of, so we will have to possess a suitable fuel cycle.”

He added "We have produced two kinds of second generation centrifuges with capacities twice that of the first generation and 3 times the first generation in practice. What is now enriching uranium are the first generation centrifuges. We have installed 1000 second generation centrifuges but have not yet injected them with gas due to the negotiations.”

He stated that due to observation of the Geneva nuclear deal, Iran will not be installing more centrifuges in the six months following the agreement, but there will be the possibility to do so when the term is over.

Salehi further explained "We have around 19000 centrifuges, 9000 of which are operational. These 9000 ones are still working, but the new ones will not be subject to injection. We will be suspending the 20 percent enrichment, that is, we will allocate the centrifuges to 5 percent.”

He maintained that Iran no more needs the 20 percent uranium because so far it has produced 400 kg of it.

Further providing comments on the Arak heavy water facilities, he said that it is agreed that no major part of the facilities will be installed in the 6-month term.

"The Arak reactor has progressed 85 percent and in case it is complete, it will still need 7 to 8 months to be tested with light water before it is fueled,” he added.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization also provided scientific reasons why the Arak reactor cannot be used to produce Plutonium-239, the substance used in nuclear weapons.

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