Iran’s nuclear chief confirms Iran has 18,000 centrifuges

Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, Iran’s outgoing atomic agency director, confirmed Saturday that from July 23, Iran’s nuclear program had 18,000 first generation centrifuges (for enriching uranium), with more than 10,000 active and 7,000 ready to start work. He spoke at the ceremony for handing over his job to Ali Akbar Salehi, the tough former senior Iranian negotiator with the world powers. DEBKAfile: These figures, which confirm the data released by the UN nuclear watchdog, mean that Iran has passed the red line posted by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last September.

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