The nuclear facilities are functioning; our enrichment is proceeding, it’s doing its work, it’s producing the 5 percent enriched uranium and those centrifuges that stopped producing the 20 percent will be producing 5 percent enriched uranium. In other words our production of 5 percent [uranium] will increase. The entire nuclear activity of Iran is going on.
Centrifuges that were used for the production of 20 percent, they will be used now for producing 5 percent enriched uranium.
Press TV: Will that create another stumbling block in the way of negotiations?
Salehi: No. This has been agreed already.
Press TV: This has been agreed?
Salehi: Yes, that those centrifuges that stopped producing the 20 percent will be producing 5 percent.
Press TV: What about research and the new-generation centrifuges that Iran has developed – what’s going to happen to them?
Salehi: That’s a good question. In fact, the best part of this joint action plan is the research part. It’s so clear that R&D has no constraint. We are working on our advanced centrifuges. We have a number of advanced centrifuges, which are under the IAEA supervision where they are being tested and uranium gas has been injected into it – of course, not for accumulation, it’s just for testing those centrifuges.
Once you develop a centrifuge you test it first. Once you test the first centrifuge you will have two centrifuges; test them together and then you will have 10, 20; then you can go up to 50 and then 164.
And those centrifuges will have to be working together in a cascade for a while – for probably two years to make sure that those centrifuges that have been developed are performing well enough to then be able to produce them in mass production.
Press TV: Let’s go back to the question of dismantling the nuclear program as the United States is talking about.
Iran has 19,000 centrifuges as far as we have learned – it’s in the news. The Americans are saying that they have managed to put a break or put an end to the operation of half of the centrifuges that Iran has and has had in operation.
These 19,000 centrifuges, my question is, were they operational before the joint action plan – all of them; and now the US has managed to stop half of them?
Salehi: You see, we have two sites for enrichment, one is at Natanz and the other one is at Fordo.
Out of the 18,000 centrifuges that we have roughly, 9,000 of them are working, are functioning; and the other 9,000 we have voluntarily accepted not to inject gas into them.
Press TV: You were not injecting gas before the joint action plan so the situation has not changed?
Salehi: Yes. That was a political decision that was made in the previous government and that decision is still upheld.