posted on May, 9 2005 @ 02:19 PM
For the first time, Iran has confirmed that they were making Uranium to gas conversion, which is a step ahead into enrichment, before it was suspended
in November because of the pressure from the international community. Mohammad Saeedi, head deputy of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told the
Associated press that Iran had processed the Uranium into the UF-4 gas. If this gas is further processed to UF-6, it could then be fed into the
centrifuges and enriched allowing the use of the enriched uranium for electricity or for nuclear weapons.
We converted all the 37 tons of uranium concentrate known as yellowcake into UF-4 at the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility before we suspended work
there," Saeedi said.
Nuclear experts say that when fully processed, the 37 tons of yellowcake can theoretically yield more than 200 pounds of weapons-grade uranium, enough
to make five crude nuclear weapons.
Negotiations between Iran and France, Britain and Germany over Tehran's nuclear program deadlocked last month, as the Europeans pressed for a
complete end to Iran's enrichment program in return for economic incentives.
Iran insists it has the right to carry out enrichment and has warned that if talks collapse it could resume its program.
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After the Isfahan reprocession facility has converted uranium ore into gas, it would be then taken to Natanz where it is processed in the centrifuges
for enrichment. Which are plants that although have stopped the enrichment process could very well start at a moment's notice.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi, said on Sunday that because of their dissatisfaction with the lack of progress between Iran and the
European powers, that they have began some uranium reprocessing activities. He also stated that this may happen in the next two or three days.
[edit on 9-5-2005 by Muaddib]