In a statement on Tuesday, Israel’s defence minister Benny Gantz said. Tehran is working on advanced uranium centrifuges at its new underground sites being built near its Natanz nuclear plant. Gantz gave figures that went beyond those published by a U.N. watchdog.
“Iran is making an effort to complete the manufacturing and installation of 1,000 additional advanced IR6 centrifuges in its nuclear facilities, including new facilities being built at underground sites abutting Natanz,” said Gantz in a speech at Reichman University near Tel Aviv.
On March 3, 2022, the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had said, Iran had installed or planned to install a total of three IR6 cascades, amounting to around 660 machines.
Last month, IAEA’s chief Rafael Grossi had said, Iran had set up a new underground Natanz workshop for making centrifuge parts, as a precaution against attacks.
Gantz also alluded to Israel’s long-standing military posture of resorting to kinetic action in the event diplomacy fails to make Iran give up on its desire to make nuclear weapons.
“The cost of such a future war, which we hope will not happen, can be prevented or reduced” with tougher negotiations by world powers, said Gantz.