Ali Akbar Salehi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), has said Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered to launch and complete a very advanced unit to build modern centrifuges.
“The Leader has also issued orders to start developing systems for nuclear-powered marine vessels which is a 10-15 year project,” Salehi said in an interview with Iran Daily published on Saturday.
On the fate of the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he said Iran could be abandoning the JCPOA, but “I hope that through the cooperation of the remaining signatories to the deal it will never happen.”
Earlier in July, Ali Akbar Salehi announced the completion of the factory that manufactures rotors for the new generation of centrifuge machines that enrich uranium.
The rotor-making factory was completed in compliance with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei’s order to make preparations for the enrichment of uranium up to a level of 190,000 SWU without any delay, Salehi said.
He added that while the factory could have been constructed within the next seven or eight years, Iran began to develop it during the nuclear talks with world powers, but did not complete the facility until before the Leader’s order.
According to Salehi, the factory has the capacity to manufacture around 60 IR-6 centrifuge machines each day once the country starts to mass produce this new generation of centrifuges, which he said would require various advanced materials.
Back in June, Salehi said Iran has already developed the necessary infrastructure at the Natanz nuclear facility for enrichment of uranium up to a level of one million SWU.
The Natanz nuclear complex in central Iran has been configured to accommodate 48,000 centrifuge machines, he said, explaining that the work to enhance the capacity of uranium enrichment and open new units for assembling the new generation of centrifuge machines had begun even before the achievement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).