In this June 6, 2018 frame grab from Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), three versions of domestically-built centrifuges are shown. (IRIB via AP)
TEHRAN, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Iran has set up a factory to manufacture rotors used in advanced centrifuge machines, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced on Wednesday.
The facility is part of plans to elevate the country's uranium enrichment capacity to 190,000 Separative Work Units (SWU), Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.
The factory has the capacity to manufacture around sixty IR-6 centrifuge machines each day.
SWU is the standard measure of the effort required to separate isotopes of uranium during an enrichment process. 1 SWU is equivalent to 1 kilogram of separative work.
On June 4, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the AEOI to prepare for the enrichment of uranium up to a level of 190,000 SWU.
None of the measures Tehran is taking will violate the terms of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Salehi said.
"Iran's nuclear activities will be peaceful," he said, adding that AEOI is pursuing two major goals supplying nuclear electricity and fuel for nuclear power plants.