Jan 27, 2016, 9:26 PM
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Salehi: Iran's uranium resource increased 220 tons

Tehran, Jan 27, IRNA – Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday Iran's uranium resource has increased 220 tons as a result of implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Speaking in the Conference to Survey the Outcomes of JCPOA at Strategic Council of Foreign Relations, Salehi said that Iran's uranium resources weighed 550 tons before the Islamic Revolution, but thanks to the recent developments they increased up to 770 tons and therefore, Iran's capacity for nuclear fuel production has increased meaningfully.
'We have not abandoned any right perpetually, but yielded to certain restrictions temporarily, such as accepting the 15-year ban to extract plutonium from the consumed nuclear fuel, which appears like a restriction, but since in fact we do not have any consumed fuel today to process it, this restriction is quite meaningless,' said Salehi.
He said that Iran's consumed nuclear waste is delivered to the Russians at Bushehr Nuclear Reactor, which is why even if Iran had not yielded to this restriction, it could not have extracted plutonium from that waste.
Salehi said that the accepted restrictions were aimed at easing the West's concern lest Iran would divert from the peaceful nuclear activity path.
On decreasing the number of Iranian centrifuges from 20,000 down to 6,000, Salehi said that despite the argument of those who claim this is a great restriction, out of those 20,000 centrifuges only 10,000 were active, which is decreased to 6,000.
'Those 10,000 centrifuges enriched 2,200 kilograms of uranium each year, while only 5,000 of our permitted centrifuges today are producing 1,500 tons or enriched uranium,' he added.
Salehi also said that prior to the JCPOA implementation, Iran could produce 2,400 tons of enriched uranium annually while the Bushehr Rector needs 30,000 tons annually and for producing that amount Iran needed 15 years.
The AEOI chief said that 25 to 30% of Iran's centrifuges were getting out of use under the previous conditions annually, while the relative world statistics indicate under 1% as the regular figure, which is why enrichment was not economically reasonable for Iran.
He said that relying on Iranian nuclear technicians' might and the six world powers' technical and industrial cooperation, Iran can manufacture the new version of its IR8 centrifuges each of which is capable of producing 24 SUs of enriched uranium, while the dismantled IR1 centrifuges could only produce one SU.