Iran says needs up to 300kg of nuclear fuel - report

Official says fuel needed to cover requirements of reactor in Tehran for 18 months.
Iran says needs up to 300kg of nuclear fuel - report
By Fredrik Dahl
Sat 10 Oct 2009 09:11 PM

Iran needs up to 300kg of nuclear fuel to cover the requirements of a reactor in Tehran for a year and a half, an official was quoted as saying on Saturday.Western diplomats say Iran agreed in principle at Oct. 1 talks in Geneva to send about 80 percent of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to Russia and France for processing and return to Tehran to replenish dwindling fuel stocks for a reactor in the capital that produces isotopes for cancer care.

Ali Shirzadian, a spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, suggested it was Iran's proposal to turn over low-enriched uranium and receive fuel refined to 20 percent in return, in comments carried by ISNA news agency.

"This proposal is feasible and it has been decided that the different ways of realising this goal should be discussed," he said.

"The amount of fuel this reactor would need depends on the way the fuel works and it would range from 150 to 300kg for a period of one and a half years," he said. (Reuters)

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