Iranian Atomic Energy Organization head: Iran to produce enriched uranium in summer 2011
Iran will produce fuel for the Amirabad nuclear reactor until September 2011, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, was quoted by İSNA agency as saying.
"We are at the initial production stage of 20-percent enriched uranium fuel for Tehran's Amirabad station. We will provide the reactor with fuel in summer," Salehi said.
Iran should enrich 120 kilograms of uranium up to 19.75 percent for Amirabad research reactor for medical treatment. The reactor was built in 1960. The IAEA called for Iran to provide Russia with 1,200 kg of 3,5-percent enriched uranium in exchange for 20-percent enriched uranium in late October 2009. Iran said that it agreed to a simultaneous exchange in the country.
Iran and Turkey signed an agreement with participation of Brazil on May 17 to exchange 1,200 kg of low-enriched uranium for 20 percent fuel in Turkey. Iranian uranium can be delivered to Turkey during a month after an agreement between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is signed.
Salehi told İRNA agency on August 31 that the necessary uranium fuel for the Tehran reactor will be produced by late 2010.
Salehi said that over 25 kg of 20-percent uranium are enriched. All the necessary fuel for the Tehran reactor will be produced in the country by late 2010.