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December 9, 2022

Iran installing new generation of uranium enrichment machines at Natanz

TEHRAN – Iran started installing a new generation of uranium enrichment machines at its Natanz nuclear site last month, the Iranian atomic energy organization chief said Wednesday, RT.com informs. “From last month the installation of the new generation of these machines started in the Shahid Ahmadi Roshan complex (Natanz),” Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency. The UN nuclear watchdog said that Iran had announced plans to install and operate advanced uranium enrichment machines in what would be a technological leap.
Iranian officials are to meet on Wednesday in Tehran with Herman Nackaerts, the deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, who has been pressing for months for access to a restricted military area at Parchin, 20 miles south of Tehran, The New York Times reports. International inspectors suspect that the site may have been used for testing bomb triggers.
“Differences remain but we will work hard to try to resolve these differences,” Mr. Nackaerts told reporters before leaving Vienna for Tehran, IRNA said.
The Iranian side is led by Iran’s representative at the I.A.E.A., Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh. The two negotiators last met in Tehran on Jan. 16.
Shortly before the talks, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said dialogue was “the only solution” to the nuclear issue, IRNA reported, adding that Iran was already a nuclear country and “it is impossible to retreat from its nuclear path.”
On a separate negotiating track later this month, Iranian negotiators are to meet in Kazakhstan with representatives of six powers – the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany – for a further round in a series of long-running and inconclusive talks about curbing Tehran’s uranium enrichment program

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