Iran not to abandon construction of new Bushehr units

Iran not to abandon construction of new Bushehr units

Iran can produce 190,000 SWUs (separative work units) within 10 months as the required infrastructure for 1 million SWUs in long-term has been prepared, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said.

"This, of course, does not mean the start of manufacturing advanced centrifuges for industrial use in the facility," Iran's nuclear organization chief said.

He said that for the 190,000 SWUs, Iran annually needs 300 tons of uranium, adding that the efforts are being made seriously to reach the required amount of raw material.

"We assumed in the past that Iran was deficient in terms of uranium sources, but following the recent discoveries, we have realized that Iran is ranked as medium in terms of the material," IRNA cited Salehi as saying.

He noted that the construction of units 2 and 3 of Bushehr nuclear power plant will not be affected in case the nuclear deal is cancelled.

Commenting on the safety of Iran's nuclear facilities, the AEOI head emphasized that passive defense is provided in all sectors of the nuclear industry to confront any possible hostile act, including computer viruses.

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