Exclusive: Iran suspended 20% uranium enrichment

Exclusive: Iran suspended 20% uranium enrichment
Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:11:24

Iran has stopped uranium enrichment at 20% level at Natanz nuclear facility, under a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, Al-Alam reports.

The team of the United Nations nuclear inspectors, led by the head of the IAEA's Iran task force Massimo Aparo, arrived in Tehran on Saturday to oversee the implementation of the Geneva deal.

“Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in Iran two days ago to make arrangements for the implementation of the deal,” Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said Monday.

He said the inspectors are to monitor the removal of connections between cascades of centrifuges at Natanz and Fordow sites, which will result in the suspension of 20 percent uranium enrichment.

On January 12, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain, and the US - plus Germany finalized an agreement on ways to implement as of January 20 the interim nuclear deal that the two sides struck in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013.

The accord is aimed at setting the stage for the full resolution of the decade-old standoff over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.


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