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Moscow, Tehran Preparing Deal to Reprofile Iran’s Fordow Nuclear Facility

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Moscow and Tehran are trying to convert Iran’s Fordow former uranium enrichment plant into a production facility for heavy isotopes, Russia’s Rosatom nuclear energy corporation said in a statement on Friday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow and Tehran are progressing on a deal to convert Iran’s Fordow former uranium enrichment plant into a production facility for heavy isotopes, Russia’s Rosatom nuclear energy corporation said in a statement on Friday.

On May 25-26, Rosatom Deputy Director General Nikolai Spasskiy held consultations with Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei and Behrouz Kamalvandi, the deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

During these talks, "satisfaction was expressed with regard to the progress in agreeing a contract on preliminary research for the reprofiling of the Iranian Fordow facility to produce heavy isotopes," the statement reads.

The reprofiling of the Fordow facility was stipulated in the Joint Plan of Comprehensive Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal reached between Iran and six world powers, including Russia and the United States, in July 2015.

In April, Russia’s permanent envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other international organizations in Vienna, Vladimir Voronkov, said that the type of table isotopes to be produced at Fordow had been determined. According to Voronkov, production at the reorganized facility could start in 2018.

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