Going Nuclear II

Jan. 2006 Just as Iran began to enrich its first batch of uranium hexafluoride gas in a small cascade with 50 centrifuges at Natanz, the centrifuges went haywire. The centrifuges operated fine for about ten days, but then one night all 50 of them “exploded.” There was a surge in the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) that controlled the electricity operating the centrifuges. An Iranian official later explained that “the UPS we had imported through Turkey had been manipulated.” Iran begins to carefully examine all imported instruments before using them.

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