Iran begins transporting enriched uranium to Russia for nuclear deal

Tehran said Sunday that it has begun transporting enriched uranium to Russia, in line with a deal reached with the West earlier in the year to reign in Iran's nuclear programme.

Nine tons of enriched uranium have already been sent to Russia, Iranian Atomic Energy Organization head Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted by media as saying.

Iran agreed to sell large parts of its stock of enriched uranium as one of the key requirements in the mid-July agreement with the five United Nations veto powers - China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States - plus Germany.

Tehran has also begun dismantling thousands of centrifuges in line with the deal.

Salehi hopes that Tehran's obligations will be met by the end of the year, allowing the agreement to be formally implemented. On this so-called implementation day, the European Union and the United States will lift their sanctions targeting Iran.

Ahead of that day, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna must verify whether Tehran has satisfied all the conditions set by the agreement. A decision is expected before the end of the year.

Last update: Sun, 20/12/2015 - 12:55

More from World

Iraq announces operation to retake western Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Sunday the start of a military operation to drive Islamic State from...

Colombia's FARC rebels ready to hand in their weapons

The last of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels entered the country's newly created transition zones on Saturday ahead of...

Mass drug overdose at Melbourne dance festival

More than 20 people were hospitalized, many in a critical condition, after overdosing on drugs at a Melbourne dance...

Trump attacks media, touts own progress at campaign-style rally

US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack on the media and renewed his pre-election promises on Saturday at...

Turkish PM scoffs at claims of 'one-man system' on visit to Germany

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Saturday poured scorn on accusations that potential reforms to Turkey's...