Kazem Gharibabadi made the remarks on Wednesday, noting that the measure “will technically place Iran among the leading countries in the production of new fuels,” Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.
“This activity is carried out in three stages, and in the first stage, metal uranium is produced using natural uranium,” he said, adding that earlier in the day, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi released a report informing member states of the agency that Iran has started upgrading fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor.
Gharibabadi went on to say that the IAEA has been notified of all steps and its inspectors have also visited the fuel plate factory three days ago.
The Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi announced on January 5th that currently IR1centrifuges are utilized to produce 20 % enriched uranium, adding that Iran has the capacity to use IR4, IR2M, and IR6 centrifuges as well.
He further said that Iran has 4 tons of uranium with a richness of 3.5 to 4 percent and the Atomic Energy Organization is scheduled to produce up to 10 tons of uranium in one year, noting that the Islamic Republic is capable of enriching uranium up to 40 or 60 percent.