Russian diplomat: Russia removes uranium from Iran

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 file photo, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, center, ends his speech in an open session of parliament while discussing a bill on Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, in Tehran, Iran. This week, the bitter debate that for years pitted Iranian denials against U.S. claims of a cover-up is set for an anticlimactic ending, with a final report from the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency expected to stop short of proving or disproving the claims. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

VIENNA (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat says that Iran has met a key requirement of a nuclear deal with six world powers by completing the transfer of most of its enriched uranium to Russia.

The diplomat spoke to The Associated Press on Monday. He demanded anonymity because he was not authorized to be cited by name.

Under the July 14 deal, Iran must ship out all except 300 kilograms (over 660 pounds) of the close to nine tons of low-enriched uranium it has stockpiled. Low-enriched uranium is suited to power generation but can be further enriched to arm nuclear warheads.

Its removal is a key obligation taken on by Iran under the deal, which aims to reduce its ability to make nuclear weapons — something Tehran says it has no interest in. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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