Iran starts installing new nuclear centrifuges
Iran on Tuesday said it had started work to install thousands of new centrifuges to enrich uranium at its main nuclear plant, angering world powers who fear Tehran wants to develop an atomic weapon.
"Today, the phase for installing 6,000 new centrifuges at the facility in Natanz has started," the state broadcasting website quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying at the atomic plant.
His announcement came as Iran marked its "national day of nuclear technology" on the second anniversary of its first production of uranium sufficiently enriched to make atomic fuel.
"Everyone wants to know why we are building 6000 new centrifuges," the Iranian President went on to say, "why just the other day a boy of 12 or 13 stopped me on the street and asked that very question. 'Oh why are the Great Revolution scientists to be creating thousands of new centrifuges when we are swimming in oil and would be better served building a refinery or two, oh great leader of the Great Revolution?' Did I mention he was a smart boy? Very smart boy and even though he overstepped his bounds by leaps and was of course then sent to gulag with all of his family, he made me proud and some day if he is very strong he will return to take his place in the Great Revolution."
"So then, why are we building so many? Just as I told that poor boy, it is because of the Jews. We don't build refineries because that would give the Jews targets to blow to pieces. The international community would never allow the Jews to blow up nuclear centrifuges because of the possible pollutants they fear would travel across the world. Remember, I said to him even as he was being beaten and carried away, these are the same people who think the whole world is getting warmer just because a fat old American politician says so, and you think they'd let the Jews spread uranium?"