Iran activates 3,000 new centrifuges

13:43 - 16 February 2012
Kurdpa - Iran\'s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Tehran has added 3,000 new generation centrifuges to its Natanz facility, increasing the production of 3.5 percent enriched uranium by 50 percent.

Describing the installation of new generation centrifuges at Natanz nuclear facility as Tehran\'s \"third achievement,\" Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that Iran currently has 9,000 active centrifuges.

Ahmadinejad added that Iran is ready to share its nuclear know-how with all member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Iranian president announced that the country would provide \"full protection\" for its nuclear scientists.

Iran placed the first indigenous fuel rods into the heart of Tehran Research Reactor on Wednesday.

According to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, the fuel rods were produced at Isfahan nuclear facility and transferred to the Tehran Research Reactor under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors.

By placing nuclear plates into the Tehran reactor, Iran has taken the final step in completing the nuclear fuel cycle.