LEU Shipment to Russia Soon

LEU Shipment to Russia SoonLEU Shipment to Russia Soon

Iran will export a large part of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to Russia in the coming days to comply with the temporary curbs on its nuclear program against the lifting of international sanctions under the July 14 nuclear deal with major powers, the nuclear chief said on Saturday.

The accord requires Iran to reduce its enriched uranium stocks to around 300 kg, dismantle part of its centrifuges and redesign the Arak heavy water reactor.

"In the next few days, around nine tons of Iran's enriched uranium will be exported to Russia," the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, was quoted as saying by IRNA.

That is roughly the amount Iran must export to bring its stock down to the required level.

On Wednesday, Tehran said it was working to complete the requirements in the next two to three weeks, after the International Atomic Energy Agency closed its investigation of Iran's past nuclear activities.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano, responsible for verifying that Tehran has taken the necessary steps, said it is "not impossible" that sanctions could be lifted in January.

Iran has already received a shipment of yellowcake, an unenriched uranium compound, from Russia in exchange for the enriched uranium.