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Iran halted uranium enrichment process
Oct 25, 2013

According to the latest reports due to the presence of sufficient stocks of fuel for its Tehran nuclear reactor, Iran has temporarily halted the production of enriched uranium to 20 percent purity. 

Iran's nuclear enrichment program is at the core of its dispute with world powers, who suspect it as a drive for atomic weapons as enriching uranium to 20 percent purity is a few technical steps short of producing weapons-grade fissile material.

The world powers have put three specific demands: stop the enrichment of uranium to 20%; close a heavily-fortified enrichment facility near the city of Qom; and export its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium. Whereas Iran has demanded relief from economic sanctions and an acknowledgement that it has the right to enrich uranium. 

The halting of the sensitive work could be crucial in resolving the long-running showdown in the negotiations, which were revived last week in Geneva and are set to resume in November.

In the talks, Iran is seeking the lifting of international sanctions which have damaged its struggling economy. Sanctions levied by the U.S. have already cut exports of Iranian crude from about 2.5 million barrels a day last year to between 1.2 million and 1.8 million barrels now. On the other hand World powers are pressurizing to ensure that Tehran is not able to develop nuclear weapons.

Iran's nuclear enrichment activities are monitored by the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

 


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