Vienna, May 24: Iran on Monday May 24 officially informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of its nuclear—fuel—swap deal mediated by Brazil and Turkey last week.
The IAEA said its director general, Yukiya Amano, had received the letter signed by the head of the Iranian nuclear authority, Ali—Akbar Salehi
Tehran has agreed to ship its low—enriched uranium (LEU) to Turkey for storage until it receives medium—enriched uranium fuel for its medical reactor.
The agreement was based on a plan put forward in October by the IAEA, to have Iranian uranium enriched in Russia and processed into fuel in France.
Negotiations on the IAEA plan broke down when Tehran insisted on exchanging its LEU on Iranian soil for processed fuel.
But Brazil and Turkey came forward to to store the fuel in Turkey thus paving the way for exchange of low enriched uranium for medium one.