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  • low-enriched uranium

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  • The U.S. has already helped convert or verified the shutdown of 67 reactors in 32 countries from HEU to low-enriched uranium, or LEU, which is much harder to weaponize.

    FOXNews.com

  • Should all sides show good-faith and flexibility, this could turn into a "win-win" scenario: Iran would agree to dip into its store of LEU, which is a national security asset, and the West would enter into a new phase of "turning confrontation into cooperation", as anticipated by ElBaradei.

    MyAntiwar.org

  • At the second round of negotiations, on October 19, the sticking point was the central role assigned to France: a country that Iran with reason distrusts even more than it distrusts the U.S. Russia now interceded to subcontract for a swap of LEU in place of France.

    David Bromwich: Obama's Drift Toward War With Iran

  • But sanctions imposed by Obama and the EU (with partial, equivocal, irregular agreement by Russia and China) have kept biting deeper even as negotiation is offered: peace and favorable trade relations, in exchange for the surrender of low-enriched uranium (LEU).

    David Bromwich: Obama's Drift Toward War With Iran

  • Obama's letter specifying conditions for an LEU swap gave explicit support to the exact terms of the deal that was finally negotiated by Turkey and Brazil.

    David Bromwich: Obama's Drift Toward War With Iran

  • This was the Brazil-Turkey swap of LEU which emerged as a concrete proposal acceptable to Iran.

    David Bromwich: Obama's Drift Toward War With Iran

  • Despite hopes that the 2009 Stuxnet computer virus had slowed or even crippled Tehran's efforts, the IAEA reports that in the last six months Tehran had enriched some 970 kilos of uranium to reactor-grade levels, or LEU, bringing its total stockpile of LEU to 4,105 kilos.

    Iran Nuclear Progress Report

  • With further processing, LEU can be converted into the highly enriched uranium used in nuclear bombs.

    U.S. report finds debate in Iran on building nuclear bomb

  • Regardless of the research on developing a nuclear warhead, U.S. intelligence agencies believe Iran has continued to achieve steady progress in making low-enriched uranium LEU, a key ingredient in fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.

    U.S. report finds debate in Iran on building nuclear bomb

  • The reactors are then converted to run on a safer, non-weapons-usable form called low-enriched uranium LEU.

    Joe Cirincione: Smart Money to Stop Nuclear Terrorism

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