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Source: Russia to complete removal of enriched uranium from Iran by yearend

November 23, 2015, 21:38 UTC+3
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signs a decree lifting barriers to enriched uranium imports from Iran
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VIENNA, November 23. /TASS/. Russia and Iran are likely to complete removal of enriched uranium from Iran under the Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal by the yearend, a well-informed diplomatic source told TASS on Monday.

"This work will be done by the end of the year," the source said.

Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached by Iran and the six international mediators (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany) in Vienna in July, Tehran is to reduce its stock of 3.67-percent enriched uranium to 300 kilograms. Currently, this stock is estimated at ten tonnes.

Reduction of enriched uranium stocks is a mandatory term to switch to the implementation phase. By that day, Iran is to cut the number of running centrifuges to 6,100 first-generation ones. All other centrifuges are to be dismantled and stored under control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Enrichment activities will be allowed at 5.060 centrifuges at the facility in Nataz.

Apart from that, the IAEA will issue a report on disputable issues concerning possible military aspects of the Iranian nuclear program by December 15.

Another condition - signing of agreements on reconfiguration of a heavy water reactor in Arak - was implemented last week. Thus, by November 19, all the six powers had put their signatures under the document on the parameters of the reactor’s reconfiguration to rule out production of weapons-grade plutonium.

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