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News number: 8901220813

13:23 | 2010-04-11

Nuclear

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Official: Iran to Announce Location for 10 New N. Sites Soon

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran will soon announce locations for 10 new nuclear enrichment plants, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) for Planning, International and Parliamentary Affairs Massoud Akhavan said.



"As regards the cabinet approval for building 10 new enrichment sites in locations where they enjoy (elements of) natural civil defense, a number of measures have been adopted and the location of some of these sites will be announced gradually," Akhavan said at a seminar dubbed as 'Nuclear Iran' on Saturday.

Noting that Iran has begun adopting new security measures in its nuclear sites as threats against the country's nuclear installations have mounted, he reiterated that Tehran has planned for the construction of several nuclear plants, with Fordo enrichment plant being one of them.

Fordo will be Iran's second uranium enrichment plant - after Natanz facility in central Iran - for the production of nuclear fuel enriched to a 5 percent grade.

The Islamic Republic informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the plant's existence on September 21, long before the due time specified in the IAEA rules and regulations.

Tehran also informed the UN nuclear watchdog agency that the site, which remains under construction, would enrich uranium only to the low 5 percent purity level suitable for power plant fuel.

Earlier in December, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran is through with the first phase of construction of five new nuclear plants as it has located proper sites for its new nuclear facilities.

Addressing a cabinet meeting, President Ahmadinejad also added that the next move would be locating proper sites for another five nuclear plants.

Tehran has informed the IAEA that it plans to build 20 nuclear plants to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Head of the AEOI Ali Akbar Salehi underlined on November 30 that these sites are due to be established in mountainous areas and each of them enjoys the capability to produce nuclear fuel for a nuclear power plant.

Salehi also underlined that the Iranian government has decided to build 10 nuclear plants. Observers believe that the decision is a response to the offensive measures taken by the Group 5+1.