Iran wants 60,000, not 100,000, centrifuges: agency

Date: 11-20-06

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Monday that the country's president said he wanted to install 60,000 centrifuges as part of Iran's nuclear program -- not 100,000 as the agency previously quoted him as saying.

Centrifuges are used to make fuel for nuclear power stations but can produce material for atomic warheads, which is what the West believes is Iran's goal despite Tehran's denials.

"We intend to install 60,000 centrifuges and, God willing, Iran will be able to provide for its needs in nuclear fuel by next year," Ahmadinejad was quoted by ISNA as saying in a corrected report.

It earlier quoted him saying Iran wanted to install 100,000 machines. Ahmadinejad had also said last week that Iran wanted to install 60,000 centrifuges.


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