Ali Akbar Velayati (file photo) (ITAR-TASS)
May 2, 2007 -- An foreign affairs adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said Iran is capable of the "mass production" of centrifuges used for enriching uranium.
Ali Akbar Velayati made the comment in an interview published in the conservative "Jomhuri-yi Islami" newspaper.
The UN Security Council has approved two rounds of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, which Tehran insists is intended for peaceful purposes.
U.S. and some other Western officials have accused Iran of covertly seeking to possess nuclear weapons.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has criticized Iran for a lack of disclosure in the past and says it has not seen sufficient evidence to confirm that Tehran's nuclear efforts have no military component.
In April Iran announced it had begun "industrial scale" uranium enrichment and told the international community to accept this "new reality." more
Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant is more than 90 percent completed. more