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. (Mehr News Agency / Majid Asgaripour)
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.