Iran requests 950 tons of uranium from Kazakhstan

Iran's nuclear chief said Saturday that the country had requested to buy 950 tons of uranium concentrate from Kazakhstan over the next three years to help develop its civil reactor program. The request has been made to the body that oversees the nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers in 2015, The Daily Star reports.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, told the ISNA news agency that the purchase was supposed to happen "within three years".

"650 tonnes will enter the country in two consignments and 300 tonnes will enter Iran in the third year," he said.

Salehi said the final shipment of concentrate, known as yellow cake, would be turned into uranium hexafluoride gas and sold back to Kazakhstan -- its first international sale of the compound which is used in the uranium enrichment process.

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