Iran is pushing ahead with a widespread expansion of its nuclear programme despite international sanctions aimed at curbing the country’s atomic capability. Officials plan to build several new uranium enrichment plants.
The Head of Iran’s Atomic Organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi said: “We’re in the final stages of confirming the venues of 10 sites, and we hope that we can start building the first one around the end of March next year.”
Iran had already signalled its intention to build more enrichment plants, partly to dissipate any threat to an existing facility at Natanz, and another that is under construction at Fordo.
Western powers are concerned that Iran is enriching uranium way beyond the level needed for the vast majority of peaceful applications, though Tehran has repeatedly denied any nuclear military intentions.
With the Russian-built Bushehr atomic power plant due online imminently, the US has said Russia’s support negates the need for Iran’s own enrichment capability.
Iran believes it has the right to enrich uranium to any level it wishes.