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Iran suspends controversial nuclear activities: IAEA report

English.news.cn   2014-01-20 21:14:08

VIENNA, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Iran has halted the a series of most controversial nuclear activity regarding the deal with six major states, an UN nuclear agency report obtained by Xinhua on Monday showed, which might facilitate the easing of the Western sanctions imposed on Iran.

The report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran has ceased enriching uranium above 5 per cent at the two cascades at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant and the four cascades at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant, referring to Natanz and Fordow, the two of Iran's main nuclear enrichment plans.

IAEA and Iran also agreed to arrange increased access to the two nuclear facilities.

The suspension of the uranium enrichment above 5 per cent is considered to be a vital step towards easing of the western sanction imposed on Iran, which is agreed in the deal with the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

IAEA also said the Tehran has begun diluting the 20 per cent enriched uranium stock pile, an action which makes uranium less suitable for making a bomb.

Experts said the over 240 kg 20 per cent uranium is the necessary fuel for making a nuclear bomb, and it is needed to be enriched up to higher-enriched uranium fuel for the nuclear bomb.

Iran also stopped the manufacturing activities at Arak reactor (IR-40), a heavy water reactor, which could produce plutonium, anther kind of fuel for building a nuclear warhead.

"Iran is not conducting any further advances to its activities at the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant, or the Arak reactor (IR-40), including the manufacture and testing of fuel for the IR-40," IAEA noted in the report.

IAEA would hold a board meeting on Jan. 24 to discuss fund and other issues regarding the future inspection in Iran.

Under the Nov. 24, 2013, deal between Iran and the six states -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany -- Iran has been committed to halting enrichment above 5 percent and neutralizing its stockpile of near-20 percent uranium over the upcoming six months.

Furthermore, Iran has pledged to make no further advances at its nuclear facilities, and allow inspectors' daily access to its enrichment facilities at Natanz and Fordow.

In return, the Western countries pledged to ease the sanctions imposed on Iran.

Iran always claims that its nuclear plan is for peaceful purposes, while the Western countries suspect that Tehran's nuclear program has developed far beyond civilian uses.


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TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Iran suspended 20 percent uranium enrichment in Natanz and Fordow nuclear enrichment sites on Monday to implement its obligations pursuant to the interim Geneva nuclear deal, an Iranian atomic official was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency.

The Director General of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran ( AEOI) for the agreements, Mohammad Amiri, said that "Iran also started dilution and oxidation process of 196 kilogram of its 20 percent enriched uranium stockpile," according to the report. Full story

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Massimo Aparo, who arrived ahead of an IAEA delegation, is scheduled to meet with officials from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), according to the report. Full story

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