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Iran says new centrifuge developed to enrich uranium

Iran has developed a new generation of centrifuges which are 15 times more powerful than those currently being used to enrich uranium, its atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Monday. "We unveiled a new generation of centrifuges that surprised the Westerners ... This new machine is 15 times more powerful than the previous generation," he said, quoted by the state broadcaster on its website, He said the development was not in violation of a November 24 agreement between Iran and six world powers that has imposed curbs on Tehran's nuclear drive.

UPDATE 1-"Milestone" reached in Iran nuclear talks -minister

* Iran foreign minister says he "optimistic" about talks * Says plans to increase output of fuel for research reactor * Salehi says he won't run for president * Western officials say yet to see steps to ease fears (Adds comment from separate interview)

Iran minister 'optimistic' US is shifting its view on Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Monday he was "optimistic" the United States was revamping its approach to Tehran in the protracted dispute over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme. "As I have said yesterday, I am optimistic," he told a foreign policy think tank in Berlin. "I feel this new (US) administration is really this time seeking to at least divert from its previous and traditional approach vis-a-vis my country."

UPDATE 3-Iran's Salehi says U.S. is changing approach to Tehran

* Iran welcomes U.S. offer of bilateral talks * Foreign minister says Obama changing view on Iran * Denies Tehran is helping Syrian army (Adds Mousavian quotes on U.S. talks) By Stephen Brown BERLIN, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday he saw U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden's offer this weekend of bilateral dialogue between their two countries as a sign of a change in approach to Tehran by Washington.
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