The President of Iran has revealed full details of his country’s nuclear ambitions. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that 60,000 centrifuge machines would eventually be installed to provide energy for nuclear power stations. Tehran hopes to begin by installing at least 3,000 by the end of next March. The news will dismay Western powers and Israel, who accuse Tehran of developing nuclear weapons’ capabilities.
It comes as the UN’s nuclear watchdog says there is further evidence that Iran is continuing to enrich uranium despite the threat of international sanctions. In a leaked report, the IAEA said a small amount of material, around 34 kilograms, had been produced over the last two months. It also revealed that traces of plutonium had been found.
Iran’s level of uranium enrichment remains at around five percent, just enough for power generation. A level of 90 percent enrichment is needed to produce an atomic bomb.
The UN Security Council is due to meet again today to discuss a plan for sanctions. The agreement has been stalled due to reluctance on the part of permanent members Russia and China to impose sanctions.