According to the JCPOA, 300 kilograms has been specified as the ceiling for production of 3.67% enriched uranium
by Iran, which must be observed by the country for a period of 15 years.
The Big Six will help Iran build a new reactor core that is designed so Iran cannot extract plutonium, which is another route to a nuclear weapon like enriched uranium
. There as yet has been no word on when this task will be done.
Iran's nuclear facilities will continue their work and only production of 20 percent enriched uranium
will halt, the report added.
With Iran's current inventory of 20% enriched uranium
hexafluoride, he added, "they can turn it into the equivalent of nuclear weapon material in one month's time.
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman reported the effort by the two nations includes work by Ukraine to introduce new technology that would replace highly enriched uranium
with low-enriched uranium.
Iran insists that it has no intention to develop nuclear weapons and its program to produce 20 percent enriched uranium
is intended to supply fuel to a medical research reactor.
The new JV will sell enriched uranium
using TENEXa[euro](tm)s supply and Toshibaa[euro](tm)s nuclear fuel chain.
He described the control room as "astonishingly modern", saying it "would fit into any American processing facility" but could not say if the site was making low-enriched uranium for power plants or highly enriched uranium
Iran is "ready to resume in late August or in early September" talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany over an exchange of enriched uranium
, Ahmadinejad told the Yomiuri Shimbun.
Iran sent a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna on Monday, saying it was ready to negotiate the details of exchanging some of its own 3 percent enriched uranium
for lesser quantity of 20 percent enriched uranium
Under the agreement signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim in Tehran on May 17, Iran committed to give 1,200kg of 3.5% enriched uranium
to Turkey in exchange for 20% enriched uranium
it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran.
Iranian officials maintain Natanz has an annual capacity to produce about 30 tonnes of enriched uranium
. According to IAEA, the Islamic republic currently has an estimated 2,065 kilograms (4,540 pounds) of low-enriched uranium.