Removal of Centrifuges Near Completion

Removal of Centrifuges Near CompletionRemoval of Centrifuges Near Completion

It will take Iran just a few more days to complete uninstalling centrifuges at its nuclear facilities, one of several measures it committed to take in return for sanctions relief under the nuclear agreement with major powers, the nuclear chief said on Saturday.

Iran refused to carry out its commitments, demanding to first see the formal closure of the UN nuclear agency's investigation into its nuclear past.

On Dec. 15, the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors adopted a resolution to announce the conclusion of the agency's 12 years of probe into Iran's case, clearing a major hurdle against the implementation of the deal.

Among the curbs Tehran accepted on its nuclear work under the deal was uninstalling about two-thirds of centrifuges at Natanz and Fordo nuclear sites. Inactive centrifuges were dismantled before mid-December.

"After the adoption of the resolution by the board of governors on Dec. 15, we began removing active centrifuges," the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, was quoted as saying by Fars News Agency.

"I believe all active centrifuges will have been removed by the next Iranian week," starting on Dec. 26.

Of the total 19,000 centrifuges, 11,000 are inactive. About 3,000 active centrifuges need to go offline.