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Kazakhstan reveals whether it will supply Iran with uranium

Nuclear Program Materials 15 August 2012 12:56
Kazakhstan will not be supplying Iran with uranium, head of Kazakh national atomic company "Kazatomprom" Vladimir Shkolnick said, IA Novosti-Kazakhstan reported.
Kazakhstan reveals whether it will supply Iran with uranium

Kazakhstan will not be supplying Iran with uranium, head of Kazakh national atomic company "Kazatomprom" Vladimir Shkolnick said, IA Novosti-Kazakhstan reported.

Speaking at the press conference on Wednesday, Shkolnick also noted that the international uranium export control system monitores every transportation to ensure it is only for peaceful purposes.

"We have created an international system that controls exports of uranium. When we supply a country with uranium we receive a document from them that the uranium will only be used for peaceful purposes. This is being monitored by the system," Shkolnick explained.

The new US sanctions build on Iranian crude sanctions, signed into law by US President Barack Obama, penalize other countries for buying or selling Iran's oil. The sanctions took effect on June 28.

The US sanctions are meant to pile up pressure on Iran over its nuclear energy program, which Washington, Tel Aviv, and some of their allies claim may include a military aspect.

Iran refutes the allegation and holds that, as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.

Edited by: S. Isayev

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