The Islamic Republic of Iran has released a list of the parts that are not allowed to be used in centrifugal pumping, including the “crown of thorns,” the “pulley wheel” and “belly plug.”
Iran is not allowed in the international centrifugal supply chain and has not used the pumps since 1979.
The list of banned items included “pipes that are shaped like an inverted pentagram,” “an inverted pentacle” and an “imported piece of machinery that is covered in a fabric of a rainbow.”
It also included “circular metal rods,” “a type of rod with a hole in it” and a “piece of metal” that is “shaped like a sunflower.”
According to the statement, the “bodies of the machines are also prohibited from being sold to the public, so that people cannot be harmed while working on them.”
Iran has been using centrifuges for several decades.
However, it was not able to resume the use of the pumps until 2009 when the United States imposed sanctions on Iran after the country’s ballistic missile tests.
Iran’s nuclear weapons program was declared illegal by the United Nations Security Council in 2009, and the International Atomic Energy Agency ruled in 2010 that Iran was violating the Non-Proliferation Treaty.