TEHRAN, IRAN (Worthy News)– With a July 20 deadline rapidly approaching, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei revealed that it ultimately wants 190,000 nuclear centrifuges — nearly 20 times more than world powers want to allow.
"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.
Iran's Supreme Leader calls for more enrichment capacity
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday Iran would need to significantly increase its uranium enrichment capacity, underlining a gap in positions between Tehran and world powers as they hold talks aimed at clinching a nuclear accord.