Iran halts uranium enrichment

January 21, 2014 - 4:59:34 am

Iran is being urged by world powers to slash the number of nuclear centrifuges to 3,000-4,000 from the current level of 19,000

TEHRAN: Iran yesterday halted production of 20 percent enriched uranium, marking the entry into force of an interim deal with world powers on its disputed nuclear programme.

Western powers kept to their part of the deal reached in November, with the European Union and the United States announcing they were easing crippling sanctions slapped on Iran. 

Iran “has ceased enriching uranium above five percent” fissile purities at the Natanz and Fordo enrichment facilities, the IAEA said in a report passed to member states.

It said Iran was also converting its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium, a particular concern to the international community since it could easily be purified to weapons-grade.

The IAEA said Iran “is not conducting any further advances to its activities” at Natanz, Fordo or the heavy-water reactor under construction in Arak, which could provide Iran with weapons-grade plutonium.

“It’s all fine, all their requirements have been fulfilled,” a diplomat said.

AFP

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