TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iran launched a uranium-conversion plant which will produce enriched uranium dioxide, official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.
A production unit of uranium dioxide has been inaugurated in the UCF complex in central Iran's Isfahan province within the framework of the agreement with the P5+1 group, namely Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, said Ali- Akbar Salehi, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
"Uranium hexafluoride (UF6) will be converted into uranium dioxide enriched below 5 percent," Salehi said, adding that the converted material will be used in Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor.
Under an interim deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 that came into effect on Jan. 20, Iran would suspend some sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for limited sanction relief, and the two sides would negotiate over a comprehensive deal within six months.
After six months of negotiations, Iran and the six world powers agreed on July 19 to extend their talks until Nov. 24, as disagreements remained over Tehran's uranium enrichment capacity, its Arak heavy water reactor and the sanctions.
The two sides are expected to hold meetings in New York in September.