Iran has cut stock of uranium closest to weapons-grade: UN nuke chief
In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr. Iran and six world powers have agreed on how to implement a nuclear deal struck in November, with its terms starting from Jan. 20. (AP/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, File)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, March 3, 2014 7:28AM EST
VIENNA, Austria -- The head of the UN nuclear agency says Iran has cut its stock of uranium that is closest to atomic weapons-grade.
Under an interim deal with six world powers, Iran is to dilute half of its 20-per cent-enriched uranium to a lower grade suitable for use as reactor fuel. Yukiya Amano told the agency's 35-nation board Monday that that process "has reached the halfway mark."
The other half of the uranium is to be changed into a form that is relatively difficult to reconvert to 20 per cent.
Uranium enriched to 20 per cent is only a technical step away from the 90-per cent level needed for weapons.
Tehran denies wanting nuclear arms but has agreed to temporarily curb atomic work in exchange for sanctions relief as the sides work on a fuller deal.