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    IAEA delegation visits uranium enrichment center in East Siberia

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    IRKUTSK, March 20 (RIA Novosti) - A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is visiting the Angarsk chemical plant, the site of a uranium enrichment center, a senior IAEA official said Tuesday.

    Last October, Russia and Kazakhstan, which holds 15% of the world's uranium reserves, opened their first joint venture to enrich uranium in Angarsk, East Siberia.

    The venture, which was part of Moscow's non-proliferation initiative to create a network of enrichment centers under the UN nuclear watchdog's supervision, will also be responsible for the disposal of nuclear waste.

    IAEA Deputy Director General Yury Sokolov said the principal condition for enriched uranium deliveries is strict "observance of all international non-proliferation rules."

    The center will offer uranium enrichment services to countries interested in developing nuclear energy for civilian purposes.

    The Angarsk plant was previously removed from the list of "national strategic installations," and there are no further legal obstacles to its operation.

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