Nuclear fuel for the Tehran research reactor will be ready in September 2011, Iran's nuclear chief was reported as saying on Monday.
"God willing, we will deliver the fuel to the Tehran reactor next September," Ali Akbar Salehi of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) was quoted by Fars News Agency (FNA) as saying.
"At present we have produced about 20 kg of 20%-enriched uranium and we are now producing fuel plates," he said.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned on Monday that Iran would soon acquire the capability to make nuclear weapons. He said part of the problem was that nuclear weapons capability is not prohibited by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
He reiterated Russia's position that sanctions "are not producing the desired results" but admitted that Iran was "not behaving in the best manner."
On June 9, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1929 imposing a fourth set of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, including tougher financial controls and an expanded arms embargo.
Salehi admitted on Wednesday that the new UN sanctions imposed on Iran were having an effect but vowed to continue work on the reactor.
Following the resolution, the United States and the European Union also announced new sanctions on Iran and earlier this month U.S. President Barack Obama signed a law expanding unilateral sanctions against 30 Iranian companies and individuals involved in developing nuclear and missile technology.
MOSCOW, July 12 (RIA Novosti)