Iran has announced its development of faster centrifuges for enriching uranium but the advance, while scientifically significant, may not alter the political landscape. “Iran has announced it has developed faster centrifuges for uranium enrichment, signalling a determination to press on with its nuclear work despite possible new sanctions sought by Barack Obama, the US president. In a ceremony marking Iran’s National Day of Nuclear Technology on Friday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president, unveiled one of the new machines to a crowd of dignitaries, and praised scientists for making Iran a ‘nuclear country’. Bruno Pellaud, the former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told Al Jazeera that the so-called third generation centrifuge machines were a ‘major scientific achievement’…Bruno Pellaud, the former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told Al Jazeera that the so-called third generation centrifuge machines were a ‘major scientific achievement’. ‘But now the question is: Does it change the political outlook of the Iranian nuclear issue? Maybe not that much,’ he said.”
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