Iran produces first uranium yellowcake from southern mine

AFP, Sunday 5 Dec 2010

Iran has produced its first batch of uranium yellowcake, the raw material for enrichment, from a mine in the south of the country

Iran has produced its first batch of uranium yellowcake, the raw material for enrichment, from a mine in the south of the country, atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday.

"The West had counted on the possibility of us being in trouble over raw material but today we had the first batch of yellowcake from Gachin mine sent to Isfahan (conversion) facility," Salehi said on state television.

Conversion is the process by which yellowcake is converted into uranium hexafluoride for enrichment.

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