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Iran launches specialized uranium conversion unit in Isfahan
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TEHRAN – Iran on Saturday started up a specialized uranium conversion unit at the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Isfahan to meet one of its commitments under an interim nuclear deal signed by Tehran and the major powers in Geneva last November. 
Atomic Energy Agency of Iran Director Ali Akbar Salehi and a number of other nuclear officials attended the ceremony held to launch the facility.  
Salehi said at the facility uranium hexafluoride (UF6) will be converted into uranium oxide powder with a purity level of less than five percent.       
The uranium oxide powder which will be produced at the facility will be used to produce nuclear fuel for nuclear powers plants, Salehi, a nuclear physicist, stated. 
He also said that Iran launched the facility to meet its commitment under the interim deal to convert part of its stockpile of uranium enriched to a purity level of five percent into oxide form.
“The process has started and we have met our commitment,” Salehi said.   

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