The Director of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi announced today in Tehran that Iran has produced the first batch of its own “yellowcake,” the raw material for uranium enrichment. The country previously had to import yellowcake from abroad. Salehi added that with today’s announcement, Iran is now “self-sufficient” in the entire nuclear fuel cycle [IRNA, 5 December].
"Iran has become self-sufficient in the entire fuel cycle, starting from (uranium) exploration, mining and then turning it into yellowcake and converting it to UF6 and then turning it into fuel plates or pellets," Salehi said.
Salehi made the announcement on the eve of talks on Iran’s nuclear program with the world’s major powers scheduled for Monday.
This [the production of yellowcake] means Iran would go to the negotiations with strength and power," Salehi added. "No matter how much effort they put into their sanctions in creating all sorts of hindrance... our nuclear activities will proceed."