August 2, 2019 | From Jerusalem Post
Tehran claimed that it had limited its stock of enriched uranium to 300 kg. as required by the JCPOA.
Salehi has not explained exactly what he meant by his statement or what happened to the 24 tons of enriched uranium.
The statement was made during a Sunday session of the “independent conservative” faction of the Iranian parliament discussing the latest developments concerning the nuclear deal. The faction is made up of close allies of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“The fact is that when Iran enriches uranium, it must maintain a maximum of 300 kg. and deliver the rest to Russia,” political affairs analyst Reza Taghizadeh told Radio Farda. “From there, the uranium is sent to Kazakhstan and is stored in a bank installed by the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA]. Iran receives yellow cake [natural uranium] in return.”
Salehi told parliament members about the enriched uranium in order to show them that Iran is in a position of strength and can go right back to where it was in the first place, according to Taghizadeh.
The analyst stressed that 23 of the 24 tons of enriched uranium have been exported from Iran and only 300-350 kg. remain in the country. While the IAEA has verified that Iran breached the 3.57% enrichment limit in July and has exceeded the 300 kg. limit, no prior official indication has been made concerning a 24-ton stockpile. . . .
(Excerpted from Jerusalem Post, article by Tzvi Joffre.)