MOSCOW, February 25 (Sputnik) — It took the countries over two years to work out the agreement, Salehi added.
"Joint fuel production by Russia and Iran was one of the most useful topics that had been discussed during nuclear talks [with Moscow] and eventually finalized. We said we needed Russia’s assistance in this sphere," Salehi told ISNA.
The roadmap for cooperation was drafted by AEOI deputy chief Behrouz Kamalvandi during his visit to Moscow last January.
Moreover, Iran wants to buy 950 tonnes of concentrated uranium ore, known as yellow cake, from Kazakhstan in the next three years, Salehi said.
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran added that concentrate from the last shipment would be converted to URANIUM hexafluoride, a type of gas used to enrich uranium, and sold back to Kazakhstan.
The request is being reviewed by a committee that oversees the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The deal was agreed by Tehran and six world powers in July 2015 and saw Iran scale down its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.