Iran’s supreme leader: We want 190,000 centrifuges

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni. (screen capture: Youtube/PressTVGlobalNews)

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni. (screen capture: Youtube/PressTVGlobalNews)

Tehran demanding to keep nearly 20 times as much uranium enrichment equipment as world powers will allow

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s supreme leader revealed Tuesday that it ultimately wants 190,000 nuclear centrifuges — a figure he said was 19 times higher than world powers want to allow under a deal being discussed in Vienna.

The comments, published on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s website on Tuesday, represent a dramatic intervention in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany.

 The talks have been taking place behind closed doors and Khamenei’s remarks are the most open declaration yet of Iran’s demands.

“Their aim is that we accept a capacity of 10,000 separative work units, which is equivalent to 10,000 centrifuges of the older type that we already have,” the supreme leader said, referring to the machines used in uranium enrichment.

“Our officials say we need 190,000. Perhaps not today, but in two to five years that is the country’s absolute need,” Khamenei, who has the final word on all matters of state, was quoted as saying.

Uranium enrichment can produce fuel for nuclear power stations or, in highly extended form, the core of an atomic bomb. The process is the most sensitive matter in the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1.

According to American media reports, the United States may accept Iran having between 2,000 and 4,000 centrifuges.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said last month that Iran could retain “several hundred centrifuges” but he said the Iranians were asking for “hundreds of thousands.”

The accord being sought by the P5+1 aims to finally allay international concerns about Iran’s nuclear ambitions and silence talk of possible military action.

In exchange, punishing Western sanctions on the Islamic republic would be lifted.
With Sunni Arab insurgents overrunning large parts of Iraq, and Syria in chaos from civil war, a deal could help Tehran and the West normalize relations at a particularly explosive time in the Middle East.

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2 thoughts on “Iran’s supreme leader: We want 190,000 centrifuges

  1. Correct me if I’m wrong but just one nuclear/atomic bomb was enough to destroy a country and the after shock to leave it desolate. More and this man wants to destroy ALL living things on this planet…Does he not realize this includes himself– or is he banking on hiding below ground..?..
    And a deal is being negotiated for less to “keep the peace”. How is this going to work when all these people want is destruction..? Hello! does anyone know finance, you always ask for more to get your ideal worth. I’m left speechless as this world takes yet another turn to the abyss.
    The Good Lord did say before this planet destroys itself into oblivion He would appear. Come Lord Jesus come!

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