February 27, 2006

Iran testing 20-centrifuge nuclear cascade: IAEA

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has begun testing a cascade of 20
centrifuges at its Natanz pilot uranium-enrichment plant,
pressing ahead with efforts to purify nuclear fuel in defiance
of world pressure, a nuclear watchdog report said on Monday.

The confidential report by International Atomic Energy
Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Iran had also begun
substantial renovations of Natanz's system handling UF6 gas,
which is converted by centrifuges into enriched atomic fuel.

It said the cascade of 20 centrifuge machines began to
undergo vacuum testing on February 22.