Norway says 60 tons of raw uranium transported to Iran

STOCKHOLM: Norway says it has helped verify a shipment of 60 tons of raw uranium to Iran as part of an international deal on Tehran's nuclear program.

The Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that experts from the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority "verified and controlled the transportation" of the uranium from Kazakhstan to Iran on December 27.

Iran is receiving raw uranium in exchange for sending most of its low-enriched uranium to Russia under the July 14 nuclear agreement.

The deal aims to reduce Iran's ability to make nuclear weapons — something Tehran says it has no interest in doing.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende said Norway was supporting the deal by helping "ensure Iran's excess enriched uranium is replaced by natural uranium, so that the commitments in the agreement can be met."