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    Natanz is a town in the Isfahan province of Iran, located 70km south-east of Kashan. The population of the township as of 1999 was 39,964.The famous Karkas (vulture) mountain chain, at an elevation of 3,899 meters, rises above the town, and locals point in its direction telling how the Achaemenid King, Darius 3., was killed nearby.Various small shrines dot the area, such as the shrine of Abdol-Samad. The elements in the present complex date from 1304 with subsequent additions and restorations, such as the Khaneqah and Muqarnas vault. The tomb honors the Sufi Sheikh Abdol-Samad, and was built by the Sheikh's disciple, the Ilkhanid vizier Zeinoddin.Natanz Nuclear Installations: The Natanz Nuclear Facility, located about 30 km NW from the town near a major highway, is generally recognized as Iran's central facility for enrichment with over 5000 centrifuges currently operational and being fed with UF6. (Wikipedia) - Natanz
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    For the administrative subdivision, see Natanz County. Natanz نطنز Country Province County Bakhsh Population (2006)  • Total Time zone  • Summer (DST)
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    Tomb of Abd al Samad, built in 1304.
    Natanz
    Coordinates: 33°30′48″N 51°54′59″E / 33.51333°N 51.91639°E / 33.51333; 51.91639Coordinates: 33°30′48″N 51°54′59″E / 33.51333°N 51.91639°E / 33.51333; 51.91639
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    12,060
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    Natanz (Persian: نطنز‎, also romanized as Naţanz) is a city in and the capital of Natanz County, Isfahan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 12,060, in 3,411 families. It is located 70 kilometres (43 mi) south-east of Kashan.

    Its bracing climate and locally-produced fruit are well known in Iran. Its pear fruits are well known. The famous Karkas mountain chain (Kuh-e Karkas) (meaning mountain of vultures), at an elevation of 3,899 meters, rises above the town, and locals point in its direction telling how the Achaemenian King, Darius III, was killed nearby.

    Various small shrines dot the area, and it is known as the shrine of Abd as-Samad. The elements in the present complex date from 1304 with subsequent additions and restorations, such as the Khaneqah and Muqarnas vault. The tomb honors the Sufi Sheikh Abd al-Samad, and was built by the Sheikh''s disciple, the Ilkhanid vizier Zain al-Din Mastari.

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    Nuclear facilityAnti-aircraft guns guarding Natanz Nuclear Facility

    The Natanz Nuclear Facility, located some 30 km NNW from the town (33°43′N 51°43′E / 33.717°N 51.717°E / 33.717; 51.717) near a major highway, is generally recognized as Iran''s central facility for enrichment with over 5000 centrifuges currently operational and being fed with uranium hexafluoride.

    Enrichment of uranium at the plant was halted in July 2004 during negotiations with European countries. In September 2007, the Iranian government announced that they had installed 3,000 centrifuges at Natanz. In 2010, the IAEA was told by the Iranian government that future enrichment programmes would take place at Natanz, and they would start in March 2011.

    In January 2013, Fereydoun Abbasi from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said: "5 percent uranium enrichment is continuing at Natanz, and we will continue 20 percent enrichment at Fordo and Natanz to meet our needs".

    Daily inspection by the IAEA of the Natanz site was agreed as part of the nuclear enrichment reduction agreement made with the P5+1 countries in November 2013.

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