Iran says Iran produces first uranium yellowcake

Iran said on Sunday it has produced a first batch of uranium yellowcake, the raw material for enrichment.

Iran says Iran produces first uranium yellowcake

Iran said on Sunday it has produced a first batch of uranium yellowcake, the raw material for enrichment.

Atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said that having previously been obliged to import yellowcake from abroad, Iran was now "self-sufficient" in the entire nuclear fuel cycle.

"The West had counted on the possibility of us being in trouble over raw material but today we had the first batch of yellowcake from Gachin mine sent to Isfahan (conversion) facility," Salehi said on state television.

"We cannot cover the overall need of the Isfahan facility but we will produce a significant part of it" from the Gachin mine near the Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas, Salehi said.

"Iran has become self-sufficient in the entire fuel cycle, starting from (uranium) exploration, mining and then turning it into yellowcake and converting it to UF6 and then turning it into fuel plates or pellets," he said.

He said Iran would formally notify the International Atomic Energy Agency of its yellowcake production but declined to disclose the amount of the first domestically produced batch.

Iran's announcement comes it prepares to hold a new round of talks with world powers on its nuclear programme in Geneva on Monday.

The European Union's top diplomat, Catherine Ashton, is to conduct the talks with Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili on behalf of the five UN Security Council permanent members -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany.



Agencies

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