Iran will not ship out all its enriched uranium

Published October 27th, 2009 - 02:25 GMT

Following the negotiations in Vienna, Iran on Tuesday said it will not ship all of its enriched uranium in one go as it knows exactly how much nuclear fuel supply it requires to power its medical research reactor, the Press TV reported. The UN nuclear watchdog presented a draft deal to Iran, France, Russia and the United States after a meeting in Vienna on October 19. The proposal requires Iran to send 1.2 tons of its 1.5 ton Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) stockpile to Russia by the end of the year. Russia would then enrich it further to 20 percent and send the stockpile to France for conversion into metal fuel rods.


Speaking to Press TV, a diplomat close to the Iranian nuclear negotiating team in Vienna said Tehran would announce its views about the deal up until the coming Friday. "Iran will announce its response to the proposal put forward by the agency's [IAEA] Director-General [Mohamed] ElBaradei until Friday October 30," he said Tuesday.


The source added that "Iran as a uranium buyer knows best how much uranium, enriched to a level of 19.75 percent, it needs; based on this argument, it will raise certain issues with this proposal."


According to the diplomat, sending the entire enriched uranium stockpile abroad altogether is against Iran's national interests.


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