Russia and Iran get enriched uranium from Iran in exchange for natural the end of the year


VIENNA, 7 December. /Corr. Mikhail Shcherbakov/. Russia and Iran will complete the removal of enriched uranium from Iran in exchange for natural the end of the year. This was announced on Monday, answering the question of the Russia’s permanent representative to the UN in Vienna Vladimir Voronkov.

“The end of the year, for sure,” he said, stressing that this period will end as the export of material out of Iran and transfers to Iran.

According to him, Russia will supply Iran with natural uranium and uranium concentrate (yellowcake). Thus Voronkov added that the implementation details of the deal are being worked out at technical level.

According to the Vienna agreement on the nuclear program, Iran needs to be reduced from 10 tons to 300 kg stockpile of enriched to 3,67% uranium. Iran will supply the surplus to Russia in exchange for supplies of raw uranium. Previously zamglay Iranian foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said that direct export will start after the IAEA Board of governors on 15 December to approve the report of Director General Yukiya Amano on the contentious nuclear issue.

Russia hopes that the implementation of the agreement will begin in January 2016

Voronkov also said that Russia expects that the phase of the implementation of the agreement of the “six” and Iran will begin in January 2016.

“I hope that it will be in January, we will have to finish all as quickly as possible and start the implementation of the agreement,” he said. “There are technical issues that need to finish, cooperation now, we are very close to completion,” added the Russian diplomat.

According to the adopted in Vienna in July the agreement on the nuclear program, the parties must fulfill several conditions before the phase will begin its immediate implementation. In particular, Iran needs to be reduced from 10 t to 300 kg stockpile of enriched to 3,67% uranium, dismantle excess centrifuges and place them in storage under IAEA monitoring, leaving the “ranks” only 6.1 thousand units of the first generation. In this case, the enrichment of uranium to levels no higher than 3.67% can be made only on 5060 centrifuges installed at an enrichment plant in Natanz.

Another condition is the signing of agreements on the reconstruction of the heavy water reactor at Arak was completed last week. By 19 November all the countries of the “six” put their signatures under the document which describes conditions and reconstruction parameters of the reactor so that it could not produce weapon-grade plutonium.