Iran to dou­ble amount of stock­piled ura­nium

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s nu­clear chief says it will have 60 per cent more stock­piled ura­nium than it did prior to the land­mark 2015 agree­ment with world pow­ers af­ter a ship­ment ex­pected later this week. Ali Ak­bar Salehi was quoted by the semi-of­fi­cial Fars news agency on Sun­day as say­ing that Iran will re­ceive a fi­nal batch of 149 tons of nat­u­ral ura­nium by Tues­day, in ad­di­tion to 210 tons al­ready de­liv­ered since early 2016. Un­der the nu­clear ac­cord, Iran’s im­port of ura­nium is su­per­vised by the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency. Low-en­riched ura­nium can be used for civil­ian ap­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing power gen­er­a­tion and med­i­cal re­search. Highly en­riched ura­nium can be used in nu­clear weapons. Iran agreed to curb en­rich­ment and place its nu­clear pro­gram un­der in­ter­na­tional sur­veil­lance in ex­change for the lift­ing of sanc­tions.

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