Iran needs 19 times more centrifuges than US wants: Khamenei

Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei speaks during a ceremony marking the 25th death anniversary of Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, in Tehran, June 4

Iran needs 190,000 nuclear centrifuges – 19 times more than Washington is seeking to restrict it to under a long-term deal with world powers, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei said July 8.

The comments on his website represent a dramatic intervention in the nuclear negotiations under way in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 group of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany.

“Their aim is that we accept a capacity of 10,000 separative work units, which is equivalent to 10,000 centrifuges of the older type that we already have,” the supreme leader said, referring to the machines used in uranium enrichment.

“Our officials say we need 190,000 centrifuges. Perhaps not today, but in two to five years that is the country’s absolute need,” Khamanei, who has the final word on all matters of state, was quoted as saying…

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