FEATURE: Iran unveils nuke program testing post world-power nuclear talks

Iran’s has started mechanical tests, after the UN-Iran nuclear agreement was discussed earlier this week.

Iran’s has started mechanical tests, after the UN-Iran nuclear agreement was discussed earlier this week. Photo by: Photo by Chris LeBoutillier/Pexels.

CAPE TOWN, April 11 (ANA) – Iran’s newest advanced nuclear centrifuge has started mechanical tests, President Hassan Rouhani said, according to reports.

On Saturday, Rouhani launched several projects across the country via video link from Tehran, which was broadcast live on national television.

In an attempt to demonstrate that the proposed nuclear program was peaceful, Iran also unveiled hundreds of “achievements” to mark Iran’s National Nuclear Technology Day, an exhibition of 133 technological innovations with civilian and medical uses, according to Al Jazeera.

Last month, the United Nations nuclear watchdog announced that Tehran had started enriching uranium with a new advanced centrifuge known as the IR-4.

“We are conforming to the nuclear weapons non-proliferation treaty and don’t pursue military goals,” Rouhani said in his announcement on Iran’s annual Nuclear Day.

Iran has been enriching uranium at up to 20% purity since January, a technological move away from military-grade standards, despite the Iran government denying that the country wanted to produce nuclear weapons.

According to Associated Press, the next generation of IR-9 centrifuges could separate uranium isotopes faster than current centrifuges, allowing Iran to enrich uranium more quickly.

Iran has 1,000 IR2 centrifuges and a cascade of 164 IR4 centrifuges installed. Both machines are more powerful and faster than those previously made.

The IR6 was also named the most sustainably effective centrifuge currently in use in Iran, and it is expected to be mass-produced on a large scale.

Rouhani also gave the order to start feeding gas to test a total of 30 IR5 centrifuges and 30 IR6s centrifuges, with the possibility of increasing the amount if the tests are successful.

Mechanical testing started on the top-of-the-line IR9 centrifuge, which has a 50 SWU separative capacity.

The International Atomic Energy Agency stated that they placed “2,000 tamper-proof seals on nuclear material and equipment”.

Former American President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the nuclear deal in 2018, accusing Iran of breaking the agreement and opting for a “maximum pressure” campaign of increased US sanctions and other harsh measures.

When President Joe Biden took office, he said that re-entering the agreement and bringing Iran’s nuclear program back under international control was a top priority.

Iran and the US have clashed over Iran’s demand for sanctions to be lifted first. This impasse has the potential to be the current US president’s first foreign policy setback.

Several countries that the International Atomic Energy Agency oversees have additional protocols in place.

– African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Devereaux Morkel

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