Iran moves some centrifuges to underground site

22 Aug 2011

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Iran’s vice president says his country has moved some of its centrifuge machines used to enrich uranium to an underground site in central Iran.

Fereidoun Abbasi, who is also Iran’s nuclear chief, was quoted by state TV on Monday as saying experts are preparing the site in Fordo near the holy city of Qom to house the centrifuges. The Fordo enrichment facility is carved into a mountain to protect it against possible attacks.

Abbasi said in June that Iran plans to triple its output of uranium enriched to 20 percent and move the entire program to the new, secretly-built facility.

The West suspects Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon program, a charge Iran denies.

source: AP

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