Moscow ready to send 2nd nuclear fuel consignment to Iran

Moscow, Aug 18, IRNA – Russian Foreign Ministry in a Friday statement announced that the second nuclear fuel consignment has become ready to send to Iran.

'Russia continues to consistently implement its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),' the statement reads.

'The Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation is carrying out a series of projects designed to ensure compliance with the terms of the JCPOA,' it added.

'A bilateral high-tech Russian-Iranian project to reconfigure two centrifuge cascades at a former uranium enrichment plant in Fordo to produce stable isotopes is being successfully implemented. Stable isotopes will be used for industrial and medical purposes,' the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The statement continued saying that 'fuel stockpiles with enrichment levels of up to 20 percent for the Tehran Research Reactor are being stored in Russia.'

'They are being returned to Iran in batches of under 5 kg at Iran’s request and after receiving confirmation from the IAEA that all JCPOA prerequisites outlined for doing so have been met. The first batch was transferred to Iran in early 2017. Preparations are underway to send a second batch,' the ministry added.

'In addition, Russia has confirmed its willingness to assist Iran, on an as-needed basis, in managing the surplus low-enriched uranium, the reserves of which are not to exceed 300 kg in Iran.'

'We are also providing various types of assistance in implementing Annex III to the JCPOA, which contains a list of specific areas of cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran for the peaceful use of atomic energy.'

'The above cooperation with Iran is being carried out strictly in accordance with the JCPOA terms and UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and under full IAEA control,' according to the statement.

'We reiterate our decisive commitment to take all the necessary measures to preserve and fully implement the JCPOA.'

After Washington's May 8 pullout from the landmark Iran Deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the US gave 90 to 180 wind-down period to other countries before it starts re-imposing oil sanctions on Tehran on November 4.

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