Final stages of nuclear fuel exchange with Russia underway, Iran says

Nuclear Program Materials 21 October 2015 11:08 (UTC +04:00)

The head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran(AEOI) says Iran will sell its enriched uranium according to its obligations in the JCPOA.

An Iranian delegation was in Moscow to finalize nuclear fuel exchange with Russia as part of the obligations in the JCPOA, Ali Akbar Salehi, AEOI head said, IRNA news agency reported Oct. 21.

"A second obligation is drafting the official document of reconstructing Arak Heavy Water Complex which would be crystallized in three papers; the first of these three was drafted few weeks ago in Vienna and Iran, the US, and China signed and the P5+1 approved it. The first document identifies obligations of Iran and the Sextet and a general process of implementation," Salehi added.

"The second paper which is called 'understanding document,' has a work division mechanism among 5+1 in reconstruction of Arak Heavy Water Complex. A third and final paper was discussed in Vienna by Iran's negotiators and is a parent paper which should be signed; the bill approved by the Parliament as well addresses this issue, emphasizing that at least an official paper should be drafted on Arak Heavy Water Complex and be approved by authorities," he underlined.

On a question whether Arak Heavy Water Complex would retain its function as prouder of heavy water, Salehi echoed the view.

On nuclear fuel exchange, he said that it was in final stage in Moscow; "we have about 9 metric tons of enriched uranium, and we opted to sell this amount in global markets in choosing from two options of deluding or selling; this is a strong advantage of JCPOA for Iran," he added, estimating that the fuel exchange would be possible by next two months after necessary arrangements.

Salehi who was visiting Natanz nuclear facility, said that Iran would receive natural uranium in return for its enriched uranium, and buying uranium from free markets would be no difficult since JCPOA implementation.

About centrifuges, Salehi said that 5,000 centrifuges would produce about 100 kg of uranium (5.3 percent purity), which he provisioned to be used in other sectors or prepared for sale in global markets.

On inspections of country's nuclear facilities, the AEOI head asserted that the inspections would be periodical.

"Iran is fully prepared to implement the JCPOA after a presidential decree," Salehi said.