Posted by: Lister | October 1, 2009

Iran wants to import enriched Uranium

From AFP:

“One of the subjects on the agenda of this negotiation is how we can get fuel for our Tehran reactor,” the president was quoted by ISNA news agency as saying.

“As I said in New York, we need 19.75 percent-enriched uranium. We said that, and we propose to buy it from anybody who is ready to sell it to us. We are ready to give 3.5 percent-enriched uranium and then they can enrich it more and deliver to us 19.75 percent-enriched uranium.”

In New York last week, Ahmadinejad said Iran would seek to enrich uranium to 20 percent itself if it could not find the product in the market for its research reactor in Tehran.

The five megawatt plant was supplied by the United States before the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the US-backed shah. The reactor is under IAEA supervision.

Russia has offered to be that third party, according to YNET.

Wiki has some data on the enrichment requirements of various reactors:

Low-enriched uranium’ (LEU) has a lower than 20% concentration of U-235. For use in commercial light water reactors (LWR), the most prevalent power reactors in the world, uranium is enriched to 3 to 5% U-235.

Fresh LEU used in research reactors is usually enriched 12% to 19.75% U-235…

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