Experts: Iran Has Faster Centrifuges
By GEORGE JAHN
Associated Press Writer
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Iran has developed its own version of an advanced centrifuge that churns out fissile material much faster than other machines and has started testing them, diplomats and experts said Thursday.
Few of the IR-2 centrifuges were operating and testing appeared to be in an early phase.
The machines were rotating without processing any of the uranium gas that can either be used to generate electricity or provide the fissile core of nuclear warheads, depending on the level of enrichment, according to diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity because their information was confidential.
More significant, said those with knowledge of the issue, was the fact that Tehran has appeared to combine know-how and equipment bought on the nuclear black market with domestic ingenuity to overcome daunting technical difficulties and create advanced machines that reflect a high level of nuclear development.
1) Experts: Iran Has Faster Centrifuges