Iran reduces enriched uranium stockpile
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 14, 2013, 00:07
  
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.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, September 14, 2013, 00:07


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