Tehran: Iran`s new nuclear fuel enrichment plant will be operational soon, head of the office of Iran`s supreme leader Mohammad Mohammadi-Golpayegani said Saturday, according to a media report.
"This new plant, god willing, will be operational soon," Mohammadi-Golpayegani was quoted as saying.
Head of Iran`s Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi on Friday confirmed that Iran is building a new nuclear fuel enrichment plant, a Fars news agency report said.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has achieved a successful new step on the way of preserving and enjoying its undeniable right for peaceful use of nuclear energy," Salehi was quoted as saying, "and Iran has started building a semi-industrial plant for enriching nuclear fuel".
The US and other Western countries claim that Iran intends to secretly develop nuclear weapons. The UN Security Council also requires Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment activity.
Iran, however, insists that its nuclear plan is only for peaceful purposes and vows to continue its uranium enrichment activity despite sanctions from west.