Diplo­mats: Iran to get nat­u­ral ura­nium batch in nu­clear pact

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Iran is to re­ceive a huge ship­ment of nat­u­ral ura­nium from Rus­sia to com­pen­sate it for ex­port­ing tons of re­ac­tor coolant, diplo­mats say, in a move ap­proved by the out­go­ing U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion and other gov­ern­ments seek­ing to keep Tehran com­mit­ted to a land­mark nu­clear pact.

Two se­nior diplo­mats said the trans­fer re­cently agreed to by the U.S. and five other world pow­ers that ne­go­ti­ated the nu­clear deal with Iran fore­sees de­liv­ery of nearly 130 tons of nat­u­ral ura­nium. U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ap­proval is needed but a for­mal­ity, con­sid­er­ing five of those pow­ers are per­ma­nent Se­cu­rity Coun­cil mem­bers, they said.

Ura­nium can be en­riched to lev­els rang­ing from re­ac­tor fuel or med­i­cal and re­search purposes to the core of an atomic bomb. Iran says it has no in­ter­est in such weapons and its ac­tiv­i­ties are be­ing closely mon­i­tored un­der the nu­clear pact to make sure they re­main peace­ful.

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