Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that his
country right now already had 3,000 centrifuges for the uranium
enrichment work, in defiance of a key UN demand of suspending
"Iran now has 3,000 centrifuges," Ahmadinejad addressed a large
crowd in Iran's northeastern city of Birjand.
This is the second time in two months that Ahmadinejad declared
the current number of Iran's centrifuges in use. In September 2,
the president told some university students that Iran was already a
nuclear country and had 3,000 machines in circulation, stressing
the UN sanction resolution cannot force Tehran to give in.
The United Nations Security Council has imposed two sanction
resolutions against Tehran's nuclear program since last December,
demanding a halt of the uranium enrichment work. However, Iran's
senior officials have repeatedly denied the request.
The US and Western countries have accused Iran of developing
atomic weapons under a civilian cover, but Tehran said it only
wants to generate electricity.
(Xinhua News Agency November 7, 2007)