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Russia completes enriched uranium withdrawal from Iran — source

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Date: 28 December 2015 18:12

Russia has completed withdrawing enriched uranium from Iran as part of an agreement between Tehran and the world’s six powers on the Iranian nuclear issue, a Russian diplomatic source familiar with the agreement’s implementation told TASS Dec. 28.

“This procedure has been completed,” the source said.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said earlier that there were plans to complete the withdrawal of enriched uranium from Iran until the end of the year. He said the withdrawal volume amounted to "over 8.5 tons" of uranium low-enriched material.

In exchange, Tehran is expected to receive natural uranium. As Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said earlier, Iran will get 140 tons of uranium ore from Russia in exchange for enriched uranium.

Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi has said “the Islamic Republic of Iran will get 137 tons of the so-called yellow cake [uranium concentrate as the original raw material for enrichment].”

“Meanwhile, nine tons of enriched uranium will be withdrawn into Russia,” he said.

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