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Iran requires uranium 'enriched up to 56%'

2013-04-17 09:11

Tehran - Iran's nuclear chief is saying the country may need to obtain uranium enriched to a higher percentage than what it currently produces.

A Tuesday report by the semi-official Fars news agency quotes Fereidoun Abbasi as saying that Iran has no plan to enrich beyond 20%, "but in some special cases like ship and submarines, where we must manufacture small engines, it requires fuel enriched up to 56%."

It was the first time an Iranian government official spoke about higher enrichment. Abbasi did not say if Iran plans to produce the fuel or purchase it from abroad.

Uranium enrichment is the core of dispute over Iran's nuclear program that the West suspects it geared toward making a weapon. Iran denies the charge. Weapons require uranium enriched over 90%.

Comments
  • Konrad Bosco - 2013-04-17 11:02

    Then the bombs must start falling on iran.20% is a short skip to getting to the purity levels required for atomic weapons.They will not be allowed , full stop.

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