TEHRAN, April 9 Iran is now running 7,000
uranium enrichment centrifuges, a senior official said on
Thursday, an announcement likely to increase Western concerns
about the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear plans.
Gholamreza Aghazadeh, head of Iran's Atomic Energy
Organisation, also said it had obtained the technology to
produce more "accurate" centrifuges, which are used to enrich
Referring to the inauguration of a nuclear fuel production
plant by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad earlier on Thursday, he
said in a televised speech: "Today we praise ... the
accomplishment of the last stage of the nuclear fuel cycle."
(Reporting by Parisa Hafezi and Zahra Hosseinian, writing by