Tehran: Iran says it has significantly reduced its stocks of 20 per cent-enriched uranium by converting it to reactor fuel.
The announcement appeared aimed at easing Western concerns over Iran`s continuing production of 20 per cent uranium, which is enriched to a higher level that that used to fuel most energy reactors, closer to the 90 per cent needed for a warhead. The US and its allies demand Iran halt all enrichment, which Tehran rejects.
Iran`s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi told state TV yesterday that stocks have fallen from 240 kilograms to around 140 kilograms as it is converted into fuel for a medical research reactor. He said the remainder is also being converted.
An August report by the UN nuclear watchdog put Iran`s stockpile 20 per cent enriched uranium at 185.5 kilograms.