Iran Says it Now Runs More Than 6,000 Centrifuges

BUSHEHR, Iran (AP) - Iran's nuclear chief says the country has
increased the number of centrifuges enriching uranium to 6,000, the
latest show of defiance to U.N. demands it halt the enrichment
In November, Iran said it had 5,000 centrifuges running at its
enrichment plant in the central city of Natanz.
The nuclear chief, Vice President Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, says
Iran will continue to install more centrifuges and enrich uranium
to produce nuclear fuel for future Iranian power plants.
Uranium enriched to a low level is used as fuel in a reactor.
Further enrichment makes it suitable for nuclear weapons.
The United States and its allies accuse Iran of pursuing nuclear
arms. Tehran denies this, saying its program is aimed only at
generating electricity.

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