Iran to sell enriched uranium to Russia
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 24
By Umid Niayesh- Trend:
Tehran has signed an agreement to sell enriched uranium to Russia, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said.
Necessary measures have been taken on the issue and by the agreement Iran has practically joined the club of the countries selling enriched uranium, Salehi said, Iran's state IRINN TV reported Nov. 24.
Tehran will sell nine tons of four percent enriched uranium to Russia and in return will import 140 tons of natural uranium within the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) framework, he said.
Tehran also will receive money for enriching the uranium according to the deal, the official noted.
Salehi further said that there are few countries in the world capable of providing enrichment service.
The Russian side also is pledged to help Iran in implementing some measures predicted in the JCPOA including producing stable isotopes, Salehi said, underlining that the stable isotopes are very important because their producing needs special centrifuges.
The official added that Russia will help Iran to upgrade all of its centrifuges, in order to be capable of producing stable isotopes.
He added that Iran plans to construct nuclear fuel producing facilities with Russian aid, expressing hope that in the future once the project come on the stream Iran will be able to produce fuel for Bushehr nuclear power plant under Russia's license.
Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany) announced a final accord last July, dubbed the JCPOA, curbing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of most international sanctions against Tehran.
The IAEA has been given the role of verifying Iran's commitments under the lasting nuclear deal.