Western hue and cry over number of Iran's centrifuges, deliberate: AEOI chief

Tehran, July 8, IRNA – Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali-Akbar Salehi on Tuesday said the Western hue and cry over the number of Iran's centrifuges is deliberate.

Speaking to IRNA, Salehi said Iran needs nearly 190,000 separative work unit (SWU) for the next 8 years to meet its enrichment needs so that it can feed Bushehr nuclear power plant, Tehran research reactor and Arak reactor once Tehran's contract with Russia expires.

He said that the enrichment need is not defined based on the number of centrifuges, rather it's defined according to its unit which is the SWU.

He added that under an interim deal reached last November between Iran and the P5+1 – known as the Joint Plan of Action – Iran was supposed to define its actual enrichment need which is nearly 190,000 SWU.

To say how many centrifuges will be equivalent to 190,000 SWU depends on the type of the centrifuges being used, Salehi said.

He said that if centrifuges have 3 SWU capacity 60,000 centrifuges will be needed and with centrifuges with 10 SWU capacity 19,000 centrifuges will be enough to meet Iran's needs.

Iran's last generation of centrifuges have 24 SWU capacity. Iran will need less than 10,000 centrifuges of this kind. However there is a long way to go in order to make mass production of these centrifuges possible.

"What is important is that we need 190,000 SWU," Salehi said. The number of centrifuges depends on their type.

"We have defined our need based on SWU," he said, adding that the Western hue and cry over the number of centrifuges is deliberate.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that one of Iran's differences with the West is the amount of enrichment.

They want to persuade Iran to have 10,000 SWU, Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that according to related officials Iran needs 190,000 SWU.