Statement by Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Spokesperson Behruz Kamalvandi:
Today, the order was given to launch several hundred new centrifuges. The IAEA has been informed of this
We are talking about various devices, including IR-1 centrifuges and advanced IR-6 centrifuges. Units have been installed previously, including 500 IR-6 centrifuges
The launch process will take about 15 days, gas injection began today
The step was taken as part of the implementation of the law adopted earlier by the Iranian Majlis, obliging the government to increase the rate of uranium enrichment
The centrifuges were launched as part of the task of achieving uranium enrichment of 190 thousand SWU (a unit of work for isotope separation, one of the centrifuge capacity indicators)
On December 2, 2020, the Council of Guardians of the Iranian Constitution approved a bill previously adopted by the Majlis, obliging the government to increase the pace of uranium enrichment. The law, among other things, obliged the government to reach a level of uranium enrichment of 190,000 SWU. According to legislators, the measures included in the draft will help lift sanctions against Tehran.