For enriching unranium, Iran, which is currently under UN sanctions, now possesses 6 000 centrifuges, nearly twice the number of only a few months ago, said president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (photo, from lepost.fr), who has claimed that the West has accepted the increase.
As the West fears that Iranian enrichment programme, may be used for nuclear bombs, the Iranian president’s announcement is likely to be met with a degree of scepticism by the outside world.
To deliberately challenge the world powers, who are trying to restrict Iran’s ability to enrich uranium, president Ahmadinejad has often exaggerated the programme. But this time he went further, saying that his country has been allowed by the West to have 5 000 to 6 000 centrifuges.
As his comments come just when Iran is considering freezing the nuclear programme at current levels, in return for a freeze on new sanctions, perhaps Mr Ahmadinejad, even if Iran agrees to a freeze, is trying to stake a claim to his country’s right to the new higher figure.
It might also be just more of the tough rhetoric that he has revived, after being relatively silent on the nuclear issue for a few weeks.