Tehran, Moscow Preparing Fordo Deal

Tehran, Moscow Preparing Fordo DealTehran, Moscow Preparing Fordo Deal

Moscow and Tehran are working on a deal to convert Iran’s Fordo uranium enrichment plant into a production facility for heavy isotopes, Russia’s Rosatom nuclear energy corporation said in a statement on Friday.

On May 25-26, Rosatom Deputy Director General Nikolai Spasskiy held consultations with Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei and Behrouz Kamalvandi, the deputy head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

During the talks, “satisfaction was expressed with regard to the progress in agreeing a contract on preliminary research for the re-profiling of the Iranian Fordo facility to produce heavy isotopes,” the statement was cited by Sputnik.

The re-profiling of Fordo facility is stipulated in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the July 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, including Russia and the United States, is formally known.

In April, Russia’s permanent envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vladimir Voronkov, said the type of table isotopes to be produced at Fordo had been determined.

According to Voronkov, production at the repurposed facility could start in 2018.