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Tehran details Iran nuclear deal amid debate over UN sanctions

Tehran officially informed the IAEA today that it was ready to ship 1,200 kg of enriched uranium to Turkey. Turkey and Brazil are lobbying hard to save the deal from being ruined by UN sanctions.

Iranian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh speaks with the media on the sidelines of the International Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in Tehran, last week. Iran on Monday officially informed the IAEA that it was ready to ship to Turkey 1,200 kg of enriched uranium.

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Meeting the first deadline of a key nuclear fuel deal, Iran on Monday officially informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it was ready to ship to Turkey more than half of its current stock of low-enriched uranium (LEU), in exchange for nuclear fuel to power its small medical research reactor.

The letter was handed to IAEA chief Yukiya Amano Monday morning in Vienna in the presence of the ambassadors of Turkey and Brazil.

Precisely one week after those two countries clinched a deal similar to a US-backed one put to Iran in October, the Islamic republic now awaits a “positive response” from the so-called Vienna group – the US, Russia, France, and the IAEA – to "pave the way to commence negotiation" on the logistics of the deal.

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Tehran says it is ready to export 1,200 kg of its homemade LEU in a month, which would leave too little inside Iran to immediately enrich enough for a nuclear weapon.


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