Iran ships large uranium stockpile to Russia

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Iran this week took a “significant step” toward fulfilling part of the July 14 nuclear accord between itself and major powers — the U.S., China, Germany, Britain, Russia and France, according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as quoted in the New York Times.

The New York Times reported the country sent a large shipment of uranium to Russia on Monday. The shipment was carrying around 25,000 lbs of uranium.

Under the July 14 agreement, Iran is allowed to keep 300 kg of low enriched uranium. This is not enough to make a nuclear weapon, the New York Times reported.

The accord also extends Iran’s breakout time — the time required to create a nuclear weapon — to one year. The U.S. said Monday’s uranium shipment has already triples the nation’s breakout time from two-to-three months, to six-to-nine months.

"The shipment included the removal of all of Iran’s nuclear material enriched to 20 percent that was not already in the form of fabricated fuel plates for the Tehran Research Reactor," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a written statement quoted by Reuters.

"This removal of all this enriched material out of Iran is a significant step toward Iran meeting its commitment to have no more than 300 kg of low-enriched uranium by Implementation Day," Kerry added.

According to Reuters, Implementation Day refers to the date when the International Atomic Energy Agency confirms Iran has taken steps to limit its nuclear program, allowing for U.S., EU and U.N. sanctions relief.

1. Map view of Iran and Russia
2. Ship with cargo
3. Uranium quantity Iran is permitted
4. Time required to make nuclear weapon

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Iran this week shipped uranium stockpiles to Russia."

"A cargo ship carrying around 25,000 lbs of uranium departed Iran for Russia on Monday."

"Under an accord made with other major powers, Iran is allowed to keep 300 kg of low enriched uranium, which is not enough to make a weapon."

"The New York Times reports the move extends the amount time Iran requires to produce a nuclear weapon. This timeline is expected to expand further to one year before the deal goes into effect."

SOURCES: New York Times, Reuters