International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano leaves a news conference after a board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, June 8, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
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The U.N.'s nuclear agency is studying a request from Syria to help convert an atomic reactor near Damascus to use lower grade nuclear fuel, which would be harder to use in bombs, its head said Monday.The reactor is currently running on highly enriched uranium and Syria wants the help of the International Atomic Energy Agency to use low-enriched uranium and to ship the higher-grade material abroad, Yukiya Amano told reporters.Chinese-designed MSNR reactors, such as the one at the Syrian site, normally run on about 1 kilogram of 90-percent enriched uranium, according to the IAEA – far less than what is needed for an atomic bomb.
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