Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Iran Has Halted Production of 20-Percent Enriched Uranium - MP

Iranian MP Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, deputy chairman of Majlis’ National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, in comments posted on the website of the Iranian parliament, said Iran has stopped the enrichment of uranium at 20-percent level. (AP/NY Times, 24 October)

“There is no need for more production," Hosseini said. 

Hosseini added that Iran is ready to convert all its existing 20-percent enriched uranium to fuel rods for its research reactor.

Hosseini said the moves to stop 20-percent enrichment and converting the existing stockpile into fuel rod, which would be useless for the production of nuclear weapons, would “remove concerns over the non-peaceful nature (of Iranian nuclear program).

Tehran reportedly offered to halt 20-percent enrichment during the recent talks in Geneva as part of an agreement to end a decade of impasse over its nuclear program. However, it was not announced that the country has already stopped the 20-percent enrichment program before striking a deal with the West.

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