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11/23/15

Russia Eases Nuclear Export Ban On Iran

Source: RFE/RL

Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally eased an export ban on nuclear equipment and technology to Iran. The decree was published by the Kremlin on November 23, the same day as Putin arrived in Tehran on an official visit.


Russian President Vladimir Putin with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani in Tehran on Monday November 23, 2015.
(photo by Mehr News Agency)


The Russian move comes after Iran and six world powers reached a deal in July under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

According to the decree, Russian firms are now authorized to export hardware and to provide financial and technical advice to help Iran with three specific tasks.

They were listed as helping it modify two cascades at its Fordow uranium-enrichment plant, supporting Iranian efforts to export enriched uranium in exchange for raw uranium supplies, and helping Iran modernize its Arak heavy-water reactor.

Based on reporting by AP, Interfax, and AFP


Copyright (c) 2015 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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