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Iran announces newly installed centrifuges

Iran has announced more progress on its nuclear program beyond what was stipulated in the nuclear deal.
Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali-Akbar Salehi attends the opening of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 16, 2019.   REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger - RC1EAC65C1E0

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, visited the Natanz nuclear facility in November. There, he spoke to reporters about Iran's progress in reducing its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

Salehi said Iran has made operational a chain of 30 IR-6 centrifuges. In the last two months, he said, Iran has connected 15 new centrifuges. Salehi said that in the same time span Iran has added 2,660 SWU (separative work units), reaching a total of 8,660 SWU. Since taking the third step in reducing nuclear commitments in September, uranium production has gone from 450 grams a day to more than 5,000 grams a day. 

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